Saints looking at future with Drew Brees on year-to-year basis

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees turned 40 in January and that means questions about how long he will continue playing will be a regular occurrence in the future.

General Manager Mickey Loomis faced one of those questions during an appearance on Mad Dog Sports Radio. Loomis said that Brees has “already exceeded whatever number was anticipated” when he began his career and indicated that the team is no longer taking a long view of how much time Brees has left.

“You know, I don’t think we look at it that way anymore. I think we look at it in terms of, ‘Hey, this year,’ you know? And man, he had a great season last year, and we expect a great season this year,” Loomis said, via the New Orleans Advocate. “And so for as long as he wants to play and can play, he’s going to have that opportunity.”

Whatever approach the Saints and Brees take to 2020 and beyond will have to take into account the cap ramifications of any deal. Brees’ contract includes a voidable year in 2020 and the team restructured his deal this year by pushing a cap hit over $10 million into that year.

Brees is set to count more than $21 million against the cap as a result and that number will go up if they sign him to a new deal that doesn’t kick a significant amount of money into future seasons.

15 responses to “Saints looking at future with Drew Brees on year-to-year basis

  1. It would be GREAT for us Saints fans (and Brees himself) if he could go out with one more Super Bowl win (after that BLATANT non call last year). He already owns just about every NFL passing record there is. One more Super Bowl win would be icing on the cake.

  2. Teddy Bridgewater is on a one-year contract. Will he want to come back if Brees wants to play in 2020? Bridgewater seems to be healthy and should be a starter in this league. I would love it if the Vikings would bring him back but they can’t do it until 2021 because of Cousins’ guaranteed contract. If Cousins isn’t able to get the Vikings over the hump this year, maybe they try to trade him and sign Teddy as a free agent. Don’t forget Zimmer loves him, and he’s the only quarterback he’s ever loved.

  3. It’s a strategy that makes since for a lot of aging players. 1 year contracts if you can still do it we’d love to keep for next season, but we cannot commit to long term deals. I think you’d see players that are getting forced out stick around a couple 2 – 3 more years. Or set up an Option contract team can opt to keep them at a predetermined salary or either can get out.

  4. BigAlHeBDMan says:
    June 18, 2019 at 11:03 am

    It would be GREAT for us Saints fans (and Brees himself) if he could go out with one more Super Bowl win (after that BLATANT non call last year). He already owns just about every NFL passing record there is. One more Super Bowl win would be icing on the cake.

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    And he wouldn’t even have ONE Superbowl win if not for the MULTIPLE “blatant” non-calls for unsportsmanlike conduct and late hits in the NFCCG that they advanced from.
    #quitewhining
    #WhatComeAroundGoesAround

  5. BigAlHeBDMan says:
    June 18, 2019 at 11:03 am
    It would be GREAT for us Saints fans (and Brees himself) if he could go out with one more Super Bowl win (after that BLATANT non call last year). He already owns just about every NFL passing record there is. One more Super Bowl win would be icing on the cake.
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    Although I love me some Drew Brees even if they got the car right last year and he did go to the Super Bowl, there is no guarantee he beats the Patriots. In fact, he more likely is an under dog in that game. Drew needs to be more clutch in big games so a call here and there don’t jeopardize the game

  6. Unfortunately for Saints fans, I don’t see Brees winning another championship. Even if the Saints made it to the SB last season, they would have been throttled by the Patriots. Patriots DBs would have feasted on the wounded ducks Brees was throwing after a long season. Now Brees is a year older so I don’t see things getting better.

  7. Give it a rest patsfan.
    Brees throws it just as well (if not better) than TB at this point.

    The only reason NE won against KC was because KC has a DREADFUL defense which Brady picked apart.

    And they also benefitted from a very nice non-call in the SB that if called would have made that game quite a bit more interesting..

  8. 2ruefan says:

    June 18, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    BigAlHeBDMan says:
    June 18, 2019 at 11:03 am

    It would be GREAT for us Saints fans (and Brees himself) if he could go out with one more Super Bowl win (after that BLATANT non call last year). He already owns just about every NFL passing record there is. One more Super Bowl win would be icing on the cake.

    ********************************

    And he wouldn’t even have ONE Superbowl win if not for the MULTIPLE “blatant” non-calls for unsportsmanlike conduct and late hits in the NFCCG that they advanced from.
    #quitewhining
    #WhatComeAroundGoesAround
    Talking about #quitewhining and you can’t live by your own words.

  9. He needs to continue working so he can buy more diamonds — preferably real ones this time.

  10. I think that is the only way to proceed with Brees considering his age and his arm issues. By the end of the last year Brees could not accurately throw deep.

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