On Tuesday morning, the NFL world learned the fates of two of the greatest quarterback in the league’s history. Tom Brady announced his plans to leave New England, while Drew Brees signed a two-year extension with New Orleans.
Brady is reportedly heading to the NFC South on a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brees, meanwhile, reportedly signed a two-year, $50 million deal to keep him with the Saints.
However, according to a recent report, Brees reportedly seriously considered walking away from the NFL after the 2019 season. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, via NFL Update, Brees told his teammates and coaches he planned to retire.
It sounds like Brees decided to walk away from the NFL, while telling people such at the Pro Bowl. However, not long after, he announced his plans to return for at least the 2020 season.
Here’s the news.
This is interesting: #Saints QB Drew Brees told teammates and coaches at the Pro Bowl that he was going to retire, per @AdamSchefter. Took some time off, gave it some thought, and decided to make another run at a Super Bowl.
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) March 18, 2020
The grind of an NFL season has led many players to contemplate retirement.
Brett Favre famously considered retirement multiple times before eventually stepping away from the field for good. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger publicly posited his future in the league as well.
Despite the reservations immediately following the season, Brees clearly thinks he has another year in the tank.