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How will the Saints address their future quarterback opening?

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 24: New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) calls for the ball as Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Lavonte David (54) looks on during the NFL game between the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 24, 2016 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 24: New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) calls for the ball as Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Lavonte David (54) looks on during the NFL game between the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 24, 2016 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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They Should Draft One

Of the past 24 starting quarterbacks for each Super Bowl competing team over the last 12 seasons, 20 were playing for the team who originally drafted them. The four other instances were Peyton Manning (twice), Drew Brees, and Kurt Warner. Whether they were first round picks (Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers), third round picks (Russell Wilson) or even sixth round picks (Brady), these quarterbacks made the most out of their stints with the teams who drafted them.

Even better news is that the 2018 NFL Draft is already projected to have at least three franchise-caliber quarterbacks. Josh Rosen (UCLA), Sam Darnold (USC), and Josh Allen (Wyoming) will most likely be available in the 2018 draft. The smartest move for the Saints would be to trade up in the draft and select one of those three quarterbacks. They can groom him into Brees’ successor while he plays out his final season(s). 2019 will most likely be filled with electrifying gunslingers for the Saints taking as well, or, instead.

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With all of that said, the most important reason the Saints should draft Brees’ replacement rather than sign him is money. Rookie scale contracts are so much less expensive today than ten years ago. They’re even less expensive than what quarterbacks command today on the open market. And think about what they will command in the future. The Saints would have greater cap room to acquire weapons for the quarterback, and won’t risk as much money if he were to become a bust.

Do the Saints have to draft someone in 2018? No. It would be smart, though.

The high reward is there, and Brees’ time is coming to an end. 2019 is also an option to draft a quarterback, but that’s cutting it close. New Orleans could also struck gold like they did with Brees and sign a veteran franchise quarterback. But the chances of that happening are low. Much lower than finding one in the draft.

If Brees would like to play for the rest of his life, I, like many Saints fans, am all for it. Unfortunately, that probably won’t happen. A new man will be under center for the Saints consistently very soon. Let’s hope the cards are played right and he’s at least the shell of a man and player that Brees was.

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