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The New Orleans Saints still need to figure out their quarterback situation in the post-Drew Brees era. Here are three outside-the-box options to consider.

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The Saints have been a mess at quarterback in 2021, even more than they ever could have expected after Drew Brees' retirement.

The run of bad luck ended Jameis Winston's show-me season early. It saw Taysom Hill deal with a variety of injuries and Trevor Siemian land on the COVID list. If someone had "Ian Book starting a game with big playoff implications" on their bingo card, then they're the big winner.

Whatever else happens this season, New Orleans needs to sort things out for 2022 and hope for much better results. If the end game isn't to bring Winston back for another go, here are some other options…

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3 quarterback replacements no one is talking about for the Saints

Baker Mayfield

The relationship between Baker Mayfield and the Browns doesn't feel too great coming out of the 2021 season. Cleveland keeps making moves to try to build a playoff contender but they've continually fallen flat.

With a 6-7 record as a starter this season, the Browns could be tempted to trade Mayfield before his contract runs out after the 2022 season.

Mayfield has had his deficiencies with Cleveland. However, he's shown real ability and took the Browns to an 11-5 record in his third year in the league.

Sean Payton could certainly get more out of Mayfield than Kevin Stefanski or the coaches that have guided the quarterback in his young career.

It's not quite like plucking Drew Brees out of San Diego, but it could have similar results if the Saints saw the right stuff in Mayfield. He could be the guy given the right offense.

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Joe Flacco

There are several older quarterbacks out there the Saints could target as a stopgap while they develop or look to draft the passer who can take them to new heights. Joe Flacco has just enough in the tank to be worth it.

Flacco, now 36-years-old, had an exceptional run with the Ravens, guiding them to Super Bowl glory at the end of the 2012 season. He was the Super Bowl MVP.

There have been leaner years since then. He left the Ravens after struggles in the latter part of his tenure and went 2-6 with Denver in 2019. Since 2020 he's gone 0-5 with the Jets.

The results may not be there but those teams have had bigger issues than just their quarterback. If Flacco got a chance to take over a team with a solid defense and a capable rushing attack, like the Saints have, he could tap back into the things that made him successful before.

Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo is a fascinating figure. The 49ers clearly didn't believe in him as their long-term quarterback. They used the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft to grab Trey Lance. Yet they've kept him in place as the starting quarterback this season.

Results have been decidedly mixed. Garoppolo started the season 3-4 with Lance mixing in here and there. However, since Week 10 San Francisco has found a bit of a groove, winning five of seven games to give themselves a shot at the playoffs. The quarterback has been solid in that stretch.

Garoppolo once held a ton of potential. He even led the 49ers to a 13-3 record in 2019. That wasn't so long ago.

San Francisco doesn't have a lot of bargaining power when it comes to getting him off their books. If they aren't interested in waiting for his contract to end after the 2022 season, they could look to move him at a bargain price.

It might not be a trade to make Saints fans salivate. Still, New Orleans could do worse than adding a QB who has the 49ers in the playoff hunt.

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