The greatest Saint of all-time is winding his career down. Who will be next in line to take the throne?
That is the question nagging — and nearly haunting — New Orleans Saints fans. 2017 could be Brees’ final outing with the Saints. And if it’s not, 2018 surely will be. Despite playing at a high level for so many years, and even despite Brees himself saying he can play for many seasons to come. And, honestly, no one should doubt that.
And, honestly, no one should doubt that.
But this piece is here to assume that Brees will retire sooner than later. That means the Saints, in theory, must act soon to locate and groom their next franchise quarterback. And those don’t grow on trees, even in today’s game. Teams like Tennessee, Jacksonville and Oakland spent many recent years looking for a franchise (or even above-average) quarterback. San Francisco and Chicago are going through the same dilemma currently. That is the last thing New Orleans wants to go through.
That’s where these five players come into the picture. All five will be available in some form during the 2018 offseason. If the Saints want to prepare early, they should, at the very least, take in-depth looks at all of them. Three prospects and two possible free agents compile the list, which holds massive potential for the Big Easy.
Important to note: the three future draft selections and the two free agents on this list are in place after assuming that Brees would leave the team after this season or 2018’s. It also assumes the team will be able to maneuver up in the draft or tank to get a high selection, and the team will have enough cap space to sign the free agent quarterbacks to maximum contracts.