On Tuesday, Payton made it very clear that one position that must be addressed is cornerback. The Saints lost Janoris Jenkins, who was a key contributor last year, in free agency, and the depth behind starters Marshon Lattimore and Patrick Robinson is thin.
“Corner is an area we have to address between now and the season and I think we will be able to find that,” Payton said. “But yeah, we lost some good players that we knew we might have to to get our numbers below. I think that’s part of operating in the salary cap era.”
Payton made these comments while speaking with reporters at the Zurich Classic Pro-Am in New Orleans. Drew Brees also participated, along with current Saints quarterback Taysom Hill and kicker Wil Lutz and celebrity Anthony Mackie.
— Zurich Classic (@Zurich_Classic) April 21, 2021
While Payton might be a bit concerned about his cornerback room, he indicated he doesn’t feel an overwhelming need to add a quarterback leading up to next season.
“… I don’t think it’s a ‘must’ position,” Payton said on Tuesday, per Doug Mouton. “I feel like we’ve got real good players in the building.”
Sean Payton on the draft approach at quarterback, the last six seconds “I don’t think it’s a ‘must’ position. I feel like we’ve got real good players in the building.” pic.twitter.com/IJgy5dSkUH
— Doug Mouton (@DMoutonWWL) April 20, 2021
Jameis Winston is expected to be New Orleans’ starting quarterback in 2021, with Hill once again playing a major role at the position.
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