New Orleans Saints fan rejoice. Drew Brees is back for another season.
All of the speculation is now over and Drew Brees made It official, he will be returning to the New Orleans Saints for the 2020 season. Brees had been mulling over whether or not he wanted to return to football this season, but the future Hall of Fame quarterback made the announcement via his Instagram account today.
“My feelings about the 2020 season! I look forward to the grind and the journey, for the reward at the end will be worth it!!! Love you #WhoDatNation. Let’s make another run at it!” - Drew Brees
Like Tom Brady, Drew Brees is taking the fight to father time, and either father time has gotten soft, or NFL quarterbacks have gotten really strong, but coming off of another stellar year of production and showing no signs of slowing down, Brees is ready to make another run with New Orleans.
Even missing five games with a thumb injury, Brees was still able to put up great numbers. 281-378 / 2979 / 27. If he wouldn’t have been injured Brees was on pace to throw for 4,333 yards and 39 touchdowns. Brees’ s current deal with the Saints will be void as of March 18, but unlike Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, the New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees have both showed a strong desire to stay together. Saints GM Mickey Loomis was asked about Brees a couple of weeks ago, and he said if Drew Brees was playing football in 2020, they wanted him to do it as a Saint.
I’ll be honest when I say I wasn’t surprised to hear this announcement today. I know that Brees was mulling his future over, but he’s been pretty adamant that he wants to leave the NFL on his own terms, and I just couldn’t see a competitor like Brees walking away after an overtime loss on Wildcard weekend. The Saints and Brees will have to get together and figure out his new contract, but I don’t see a scenario that they can’t get it done.
Brees returning keeps the Saints stable going forward into the 2020 season, but it will now force the hand of both Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill. Bridgewater showed a lot of promise when filling in for Brees during his injury in 2019. I’m not sure if it secured Teddy a starting job somewhere else, but what we know for sure is, it won’t be with the Saints. Hill on the other hand has already publicly said that he is prepared to walk away from New Orleans if they don’t see him as a franchise quarterback. The Saints could start showing some good faith to Hill if they believe he’s the future quarterback by moving on from Bridgewater and making Hill the backup.
Regardless of what happens with Bridgewater and Hill, the Saints have their starting quarterback back, at least for one more season, and I’m sure Sean Payton just let out a very big sigh of relief.