A New Orleans Saints helmet. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints are expected to sign free-agent quarterback and four-time Pro Bowler Derek Carr to a four-year deal, according to multiple reports.

With the addition of Carr, it’s unlikely that the Saints will draft a quarterback with their top two picks. That will mean that the franchise will have not used a first or second-round pick on a quarterback since 1971, according to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter. You’d have to go back almost 52 years to when the Saints drafted Archie Manning with the No. 2 overall pick in the 1971 NFL Draft.

That is not counting Dave Wilson, who the Saints selected in the first round of the 1981 Supplemental Draft, or Richard Todd, who was acquired for a first-round draft choice from the New York Jets back in 1984.

Since the turn of the century, the Saints have drafted seven quarterbacks — Marc Bulger, J.T. O’Sullivan, Adrian McPherson, Sean Canfield, Garrett Grayson, Tommy Stevens and Ian Book. Grayson was the highest selected of the bunch, as New Orleans used a third-round pick on the quarterback out of Colorado State back in 2015.

As Schefter points out, that appears unlikely to change with the Saints appearing to be in win-now mode and owning picks No. 29 and No. 40 overall in next month’s draft.

The NFL world reacted to Schefter’s insane factoid on Twitter.

[Adam Schefter on Twitter, Pro Football Reference]

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Since the beginning of 2023, Sam has been a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. A 2021 graduate of Temple University, Sam is a Charlotte native, who currently calls Greenville, South Carolina his home. He also has a love/hate relationship with the New York Mets and Jets.