Drew Brees is hanging up his cleats after one of the most illustrious careers in NFL history. While anticipation grew that he might come back for his 16th season with the Saints after workout videos surfaced, any rumors are now put to rest.
The Saints’ diehard fanbase has nothing but praise for Brees. With an NBC broadcasting gig waiting for him as well, it was always tough to see Brees running it back yet again. However, according to his post, he’ll be spending most of his time with his kids.
New Orleans Saints future Hall of Famer quarterback Drew Brees has officially retired, calling it a career via a message from his kids on Instagram.
Brees was among the best quarterbacks in NFL history. While he may only go down with one Super Bowl, he’s also currently the league’s all-time passing yards leader, a record that will eventually be Tom Brady’s.
That said, Brees retiring had been writing on the wall for the past few weeks. His restructured contract, saving the Saints over $20 million was a huge indicator that he may not return. On top of that, Brees’ track record with injuries didn’t help.
Brees has missed four or more games the past few seasons. This past season, he was out after a brutal hit that left him with broken ribs. 42, it was time Brees looked to hang it up and spend some extra time with his family.
With 13 Pro Bowls to his name, no one in the Big Easy will ever forget not just Brees the player but the man under the helmet. What he has done for the city through Covid and even after hurricane Katrina should never be forgotten.
For the Saints, they can officially move on. Jameis Winston will look to take the reigns of the team if he is re-signed. With cap issues still present, the Saints will be looking to shed more contracts in order to retain the talent they’ve brought to New Orleans.