The New Orleans Saints may watch their future Hall of Famer retire of this season, but fans shouldn’t fear because the future is in good hands.
Teams that see the changing of the guard when a future Hall of Famer steps down usually see a drastic drop in production. For the New Orleans Saints, given how they’re preparing for the future, that might not be the same.
The Saints are preparing for the future. They’ve been preparing for the future.
When Teddy Bridgewater left for the team’s division rival Carolina, it left a hole. Bridgewater tossed nine touchdowns and two interceptions in five straight victories in 2019. He was the hopeful heir to Drew Brees‘ throne.
However, he’s been replaced by arguably a player that may have a higher ceiling, Jameis Winston. Winston threw for the most passing yards in the league last season. He has a terrific deep ball at times, and it kept the Bucs in some games.
Sadly, his accuracy also took them straight back out of those games as well. Winston threw a league-high 30 interceptions last season and failed to lead the Bucs anywhere close to a playoff appearance.
The former No. 1 pick then took his talent to the Big Easy, much like Bridgewater did after ending his time in Minnesota. Bridgewater played his first season in New Orleans when he was 26. Winston will be 26 during the 2020 season.
The timing didn’t line up and the contract was there for Bridgewater to move on. That said, it’s obvious the Saints are building something special in New Orleans, having won three straight NFC South’s titles.
Winston saw it, and now, it’ll be his call whether he wants to stay on board following this season. But, there was something that made Bridgewater stay, and that same dynamic should keep Winston here as Brees will undoubtedly only play a few more seasons.
With Winston behind Brees and Taysom Hill under contract for two more seasons, the Saints will be fine when it comes to quarterback. The future, behind Hill and Winston, is, for now, in great hands.