After an incredibly disappointing performance in the NFC Wild Card game, what is going to happen with New Orleans Saints’ future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees?
It was reported by Bleacher Report that Drew Brees wanted to re-sign with the New Orleans Saints and would not retire following a Super Bowl win. However, he never said anything about an upset loss in a Wild Card shocker.
Could this loss propel Drew Brees into retirement? No. Brees isn’t likely to return as he still is playing at a level that can match the best in the sport.
However, what does Drew Brees’ future look like on the New Orleans Saints?
The New Orleans Saints have two young quarterbacks behind Drew Brees that both showed they have what it takes to play on the field as a starter and will require money to retain. Teddy Bridgewater ran the team while Brees was injured and Hill was a Swiss army knife.
Both quarterbacks MUST be retained. But, let’s honestly look at ourselves as ask us if there’s any way we’ll retain both and still be happy. Do we want to pay two quarterbacks eight figures?
Drew Brees already restructured his contract last March to give the New Orleans Saints more cap space moving into 2020, but Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill are both going to be up for big contracts this offseason. According to Joel Corry:
"The Saints restructured Brees contract in March for salary cap purposes by converting $16.2 million of Brees $23 million of 2019 compensation into a fully guaranteed third day of the league year roster bonus. Since the roster bonus was fully guaranteed, it gets treated like signing bonus under salary cap where it’s prorated over the life of the contract. The Saints added a 2021 contract year that also automatically voids on the last day of the 2019 league year."
Drew Brees is going to have to restructure his contract again this offseason or the Saints owe Brees a chunk of money. In that restructuring, for Brees to remain a Saint, he is going to need to take less money in order to keep the future which is Bridgewater and Hill.
The next season might start out with Drew Brees at the helm of the ship, but hopefully, by retaining Teddy Bridgewater, the reigns will be handed over to him should Brees continue to decline into next season.