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Bleacher Report Projects Saints Sign Intriguing Free-Agent QB

Jason Schandl
This Saints free agency prediction could be a great quarterback signing for New Orleans.
This Saints free agency prediction could be a great quarterback signing for New Orleans. / Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images
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With NFL free agency rapidly approaching, teams are cutting down their rosters to free up cap space. That has added some very interesting players to this year's loaded pool of available free agents.

Bleacher Report has projected one of these recent cuts to sign with the New Orleans Saints — former Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith.

Alex Smith Saints

While Saints fans' first reaction to hearing Alex Smith's name may be flashbacks to a certain 2012 postseason performance, he would be a really interesting fit in New Orleans.

The Saints' quarterback situation is nothing if not uncertain. Drew Brees is likely retiring, Taysom Hill is still entirely unproven as a starter and boasts a big cap hit, and Jameis Winston is becoming an unrestricted free agent.

At 36 years old and with a still limited sample of post-injury success, Smith will likely be available with a very low price tag, making this a low-risk move.

Even if New Orleans wants Hill to be their quarterback of the future, they can't afford to go into the season without a backup plan behind their 30-year-old quarterback with 134 career NFL pass attempts.

Smith's 2020 success came with a very similar play style to what the Saints have received from Drew Brees lately, so he should be an easy fit in the offense. Smith is no Brees, obviously, but his 5.1-yard average depth of target (aDOT) isn't too far off Brees' mark of 6.1 yards.

And if Hill does succeed, the low asking price for Smith means he would slide in nicely as a veteran backup, capable of helping mentor Hill or of filling in should Hill's run-heavy style lead to any injuries.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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