One of the biggest dominoes that will fall this offseason is Drew Brees. He’ll either return to the New Orleans Saints for his 20th season or retire.
Brees showed that he can still compete at a high level even at 41 years old. This past season he finished with 2,979 passing yards, 27 touchdowns and only four interceptions. Once again though, the Saints ended the season on a heartbreaking loss in the playoffs.
Shortly after the season ended for New Orleans, the future Hall of Famer said he’ll take time to think about his decision. The team would welcome him back with open arms, but he’s not ready yet to announce his future plans.
While there are plenty of people that could see Brees retiring this offseason, ESPN analyst Bill Barnwell believes the Pro Bowl quarterback will re-sign with the Saints for one last chance at another Super Bowl ring.
Here’s what Barnwell had to say about Brees, via ESPN:
With Brees playing at a high level in 2019 after his thumb injury, they have little reason to look in a different direction. And with New Orleans unexpectedly coming up short at home in a wild-card loss to the Vikings, Brees has every reason to come back to try to win one more ring with Sean Payton & Co. As usual, expect the Saints to sign Brees to a three-year deal that realistically amounts to a one-year pact with two voidable years for cap purposes.
Brees isn’t the only quarterback for the Saints that will be a free agent.
Taysom Hill and Teddy Bridgewater are also on the verge of receiving a pay raise. Perhaps one of them will be the successor to Brees either this year or the following one.
Do you think Brees will give it one last shot with the Saints, or will he finally hang up his cleats?