New Orleans’ first-round pick, Matt Ryan, will likely start the season as the team has decided not to match a contract extension he received from the Atlanta Falcons.
Beane, who has been a big proponent of Ryan’s development in his role as the Saints’ head coach, did not reveal whether Ryan would be in uniform this season.
Ryan was the top overall pick by the Atlanta franchise in the 2013 NFL draft.
The Falcons gave Ryan a four-year, $54 million deal last year, a deal that was worth $33 million in 2017 and $40 million in 2018.
The Saints, who lost three of their first four games in 2018, are still in need of a quarterback, and they were reportedly seeking a quarterback at the end of the draft.
The team did not re-sign former backup Matt Cassel, who had a disappointing season, but he signed a new contract with the Arizona Cardinals this offseason.
Ryan has been under contract through 2021, but the Saints have said they plan to sign him to a new deal this offseason to remain in New Orleans.
The Saints could also sign a free agent quarterback next offseason, but Beane said that they have no plans to do that.