New Orleans Saints: When should we expect a decision from Drew Brees?
New Orleans Saints’ decade-long, quarterback Drew Brees has several questions running through his mind: “Do I retire?” “Do I sign back with the Saints?” “Do I look for more money with another team?”
The New Orleans Saints currently have zero quarterbacks on the roster for the 2020 NFL season. Most expected to re-sign Taysom Hill and for Teddy Bridgewater to walk away to a starting role in the upcoming NFL season.
The biggest question mark is Drew Brees. Brees not only has a decision to re-sign or not but also a decision if he would rather retire. The future Hall-of-Fame quarterback is in his early 40s and retirement is a surety within the coming years. Is this year going to be that year?
New Orleans Saints general manager, Mickey Loomis, stated that the Saints would obviously welcome and encourage Brees to re-sign with his career-long franchise. However, Brees did, in fact, answer one of the open-ended questions for us.
Brees has mentioned that he has had no intention of “testing” the open market and if he is to keep playing, his playing will remain in New Orleans. But, is Brees going to remain playing? The quarterback would be opening up his 20th season if he returns.
Brees had this to say about his decision on NFL Live, “I wanted to give it at least a few weeks, months, postseason, just to take a deep breath and decompress a little bit and get some time with the family and then just reassess.
I know this: I know my boys love coming to work with dad every day when they can. If they had a vote, dad would play forever.”
Drew Brees is not the only quarterback faced with this decision this year. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is also in the same boat. However, all signs are pointing to Brady continuing to play football, his question is where that is going to be.
Loomis and the New Orleans Saints are in no rush to hear from Drew Brees. They want to give him all the time he needs to spend with his family and make an accurate decision for himself, his health, and his family.
The Saints will put forth effort now on retaining one of the other two free-agent quarterbacks on their roster. Taysom Hill, who is restricted, and Teddy Bridgewater, who is unrestricted, are both hitting the market this offseason.