Drew Brees has already accomplished so much in his NFL career, but the 41-year-old gunslinger isn’t ready to retire just yet. Back in February, he announced on Instagram that he would be returning to the Saints for his 20th season.
At this point in his career, Brees has no desire to play for another franchise. His bond with the city of New Orleans is truly special and it doesn’t make much sense for him to leave an offensive system that he knows so well.
Even though Brees has commanded top dollar in years past, the future Hall of Famer isn’t expected to demand one of the most lucrative salaries in the league this time around. According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the expectation is that Brees will receive around $25 million per year.
“From my understanding for this contract, Brees is not expected to demand top dollar,” Rapoport said. “I would expect a contract more in line with what he made last year, which was a two-year deal with an average of $25 million.”
From NFL Now: #Saints QB Drew Brees made it clear he's not leaving New Orleans, and it sounds like he won't demand top dollar this time, either. The approach may help his team sign an additional free agent. pic.twitter.com/35TwJpZoMJ
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 12, 2020
A reduced salary would allow the Saints to save up cap space for another key free agent this offseason.
The only goal on Brees’ mind at this stage in his career is to win another Super Bowl.
For the past three seasons, New Orleans has suffered heartbreaking losses in the postseason. Perhaps the fourth time around will be the charm for Brees and the Saints.