By Brian Allee Walsh - Special to the Sun Herald
In a league brimming with juicy quarterback stories, there’s none more intriguing in the NFL than the one percolating way down yonder in New Orleans.
Where else can one find:
▪ Drew Brees — A 41-year-old first-ballot Hall of Famer and budding analyst for NBC Sports who’s likely approaching his 20th and “Last Dance’‘ in the NFL.
▪ Taysom Hill — The coveted Swiss army knife who went from making a bottom-roster salary for three seasons as an undrafted rookie to signing a two-year, $21 million contract and poised to replace Brees under center as early as next season.
▪ Jameis Winston — The No. 1 overall pick in 2015 and former face of a franchise who was shoved out the door by Tom Brady in Tampa Bay and now making virtual peanuts in New Orleans trying to revive his career. Winston signed a one-year, $1.1 million deal that features a $148,000 signing bonus and $952,000 base salary.
▪ Tommy Stevens — An unheralded graduate transfer from Penn State who struggled through an injury-riddled fifth college season at Mississippi State and inexplicably triggered a bidding war for his services in the last hours of the draft between the Saints and Carolina. At one point, the Saints offered to guarantee $144,000 of Stevens’ first-year salary as an undrafted rookie free agent. Stevens declined because he wanted to honor his commitment to Carolina.
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