Earlier Tuesday afternoon, star quarterback Drew Brees gave New Orleans Saints fans something to cheer for. Brees announced his decision to return to the gridiron for the 2020 NFL season.
His decision comes early enough in the off-season for the Saints to plan accordingly. New Orleans now has a full month to address free agency concerns before the new league year kicks in. The team also has two months to figure out its future through the draft.
After Brees announced his decision to return, his Saints teammates made it clear they’re fired up for the 2020 season. Star wide receiver Michael Thomas took to Twitter with a message for his quarterback.
“Pick a team, stay loyal and build something you can stand on then reap the reward,” Thomas said to Brees on Twitter.
Check it out.
Pick a team, stay loyal and build something you can stand on then reap the reward 😬🏁⚜️ love you pic.twitter.com/npqd4dRArT
— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) February 18, 2020
Brees threw for 2,979 yards, 27 touchdowns and four interceptions in just 11 games during the 2019 season. Backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater led the Saints to a 5-0 record when Brees missed time with a thumb injury.
Bridgewater likely won’t be back in 2020, which means Brees will have to shoulder more of the load this season.
Brees and New Orleans will have to work out a new contract, that will likely pay him near $30 million per year.