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Drew Brees

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TAMPA, FL – DECEMBER 31: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints stretches before a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

The first and foremost issue for the Saints to have long success is having a franchise QB. Brees says he wants to play for a bit longer. With the offensive line seeming solid, he could keep from getting beat up and hang around a bit longer if the arm and body keep up. He stays in great shape so it’s not inconceivable that he could play another three to four decent seasons.

One issue there, though, is that one injury that could occur. At nearly 40 years old, and in the game of football, the body won’t recover as well as it did when he was 26 and came back stronger from the shoulder injury.

As well, diminishing ability and skill becomes an issue. It’s simply the nature of life that we slow down as we age, regardless of how good shape we stay in. Brees is still sharp. But there will be a day when he’s not as sharp. That day is sooner than later.

And let’s be honest – the Saints’ next QB is not on this roster. We are fairly certain that we’ve seen the best of Tom Savage and it’s only maybe backup good.

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Taysom Hill doesn’t have “it”. He could be a serviceable backup at some point, but that point isn’t today. And I feel like if J.T. Barrett were the one, we’d see that special something, and we just don’t.

They just harvested one of the best QB crops in some time. I’m not upset we didn’t get one, but we’re going to need one in the near future.