The Drew Brees rumors just gained a bit more traction. The 42-year-old hasn’t played in an NFL game since January, but with Jameis Winston out for the season with a torn ACL, the New Orleans Saints are in the process of deciding who their new QB1 is. If Brees were to enter his name into the hat, Trevor Siemian and Taysom Hill would be booted out of the competition.
New Orleans would explode. Sean Payton might cry tears of happiness and Tom Brady might cry tears of sadness. Could it really happen?
Brees is a studio analyst for NBC on “Football Night In America” and it seems as if he’s happy with his new job. He now gets to spend more time with his family without entirely losing the game of football.
If there’s a will, there’s a way. Far crazier things have happened. There’s still a small amount of hope there to latch on to. Speaking of hope, here’s a tweet from Brees’ Twitter account.
Could Drew Brees return to the New Orleans Saints?
Is Brees hinting at a return to the Superdome? He spent two decades playing in the league, starting his career with the San Diego Chargers (now known as the Los Angeles Chargers) back in 2001. He hasn’t played in a competitive football game in nine months.
After Winston left last Sunday’s game with an injury, Brees was asked later on that night about the chances of him returning to the Saints. He failed to question a direct answer. Instead, he raved about Siemian’s ability to lead New Orleans to a win in Winston’s absence.
Brees could’ve responded to the question with a vehement ‘no.’ If he was certain that he wasn’t going to play another game at quarterback, wouldn’t that have made the most sense? If this is all a tease, it’s working.
If traveling back in time was a thing, the Saints would go back to the matchup against Tampa Bay to prevent Winston from ever getting hurt. Injuries are easily the worst part of the game. After all, an injury is the reason why this speculation is even occurring in the first place. Winston led the team to a 4-2 record entering Week 8, so there hasn’t been a quarterback crisis until now.
Since 2019, New Orleans is 13-3 without Brees at the helm. That says a lot about Payton’s coaching abilities and it’s clear why he’s adamant that the team is fine with their quarterback depth chart as is.
There still seems to be some fuel left in Brees’ tank. Until it’s clear that he isn’t going to make a comeback, the speculation will continue. Saints fans, don’t lose hope just yet.