Ranking the top 5 players the New Orleans Saints should pay

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Drew Brees

Obviously, if Brees was a certainty to not retire than he would be a higher priority to the team.

However, Brees has been evasive about providing a definitive answer regarding his plans to retire or not after this season. Of course, if Brees expresses a desire to return to the team then both sides should make an effort to make a short deal for him to return for another season.

Even in his forties, Brees has shown that he is able to recover from injury and play at a lethal level with pinpoint accuracy.

His quarterback rating and completion percentage were both in the top 3 of the league this season. When he is at his best, Brees has the ability to lead this team to another winning season and has an established connection with his weapons.

Although there might be some hesitance to fork over a significant sum of cash for Brees because of his age, considering what happened to Tom Brady this season, it’s likely that Brees would be willing to accept a smaller sum in order to stay with the team.

It would be odd to see him retire in anything but the gold and black.

Brees’ current contract has added a lot of dead money to the Saints’ salary cap, so if he does express a desire to return then he will likely be taking a very team-friendly contract and accept a major pay cut from his normal contracts.

At this point in his career, however, it’s likely that Brees only cares about winning and staying with New Orleans.