Drew Brees, the New Orleans Saints 41-year-old quarterback, will return for the 2020 season, but how good will he actually be?
The New Orleans Saints don’t have a quarterback under contract for the 2020 season.
However, Drew Brees is expected to re-sign after telling the world that he’s preparing to run it back after a disappointing Wild Card loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Brees is the easy frontrunner for the Saints’ starting quarterback in 2020.
Taysom Hill, a restricted free agent, is expected to be re-signed. However, the price tag that teams are offering for Hill is unknown, but it wouldn’t be overly surprising if he’ll average around eight-figures in salary moving forward.
As for Teddy Bridgewater, he’s expected to leave regardless. The Saints won’t have the money to franchise tag him, and they certainly won’t have the money to match what he’ll be offered elsewhere if they opt to re-sign Brees.
As for Brees, he turned 41 just 42 days ago. That said, he will start to decline, and while fans don’t want to believe it, Brees isn’t immortal. Like with Tom Brady this past season, it may finally be time for Brees to begin his relapse.
The bulk of quarterbacks never continue playing the game into their 40s. With Brees and Brady in the league at the same time, we get to see two of the greatest quarterbacks continue to age while also putting up tremendous numbers.
If we take a note from the history book, 41 is around where quarterbacks slow down. Brady wasn’t the same player this season as he was last. Players like Brett Favre were a ghost of their former selves at 41 as compared to even just a year before.
Brees, who threw for the league’s highest completion percentage for a third year in the row in 2019, continues to shock fans with his longevity. But, he will slow down. When is a good question, but be prepared for at least a marginal step back in 2020..
Expect a relatively strong season from Brees as he thrived during the 11 games he started in 2019.