Sean Payton saw a lot of Taysom Hill in Tommy Stevens, the former Mississippi State and Penn State quarterback. Even with Hill on his roster, the Saints’ coach made sure to sign him, outmaneuvering the rival Panthers for him.

“There’s no way I was going to lose this kid,” Payton told The Athletic. “We know the role. We invented the role.”

After learning the Panthers had agreed to sign Stevens if he went undrafted, the Saints traded for a seventh-rounder pick, which they used to draft Stevens.

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Adding to the intrigue, Stevens had a relationship with new Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady, who coached him when he was a graduate assistant at Penn State and also worked with the Saints before leaving the NFL to coach at LSU last year.

Now reports are surfacing they may have violated NFL Rules.

The “more egregious violation” when they entered into an actual an agreement with Stevens while the draft was still happening

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