Is Drew Brees returning or retiring?

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The football-following world is paying way too much attention to the future of Tom Brady, and not nearly enough to the future of Drew Brees.

Brady has made it clear that he’ll play in 2020. Within the next two months, we’ll find out where. Brees has said nothing about whether he’ll play in 2020.

Appearing on ESPN over the weekend, Saints coach Sean Payton said he believes Brees will continue to play. Also over the weekend, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Brees has heard from at least one TV network (not ESPN) about transitioning to broadcasting in 2020.

“Drew has not spoken with them or anyone about any new opportunities,” an unnamed source close to Brees told ESPN. “Until such time as a decision is made about next season, he will not be engaging in any conversations regarding or considering any new opportunities.”

If Brees decides he wants to play and to remain with the Saints, the Saints will have a decision to make. With $21.3 million already on the cap books for Brees in 2020, the dead money coupled with new money would create the kind of commitment that could make it hard to keep Teddy Bridgewater and/or Taysom Hill, if the Saints retain Brees. Bridgewater will become an unrestricted free agent in March, and Hill is eligible for restricted free agency. While the Saints could easily carry the highest RFA tender for Hill (which will be in the range of $6 million) and get value for it, any other team that agrees with Payton’s comparison of Hill to Steve Young could make Hill an offer that the Saints wouldn’t be able to match, if the team is willing to pay him $20 million or more per year.

Against the Vikings in the wild-card round, Hill was the best player on the field, for either team. Passing, rushing, and receiving, Hill did it all — even while participating in 41 percent of the offensive snaps. What if someone decides to let him be a full-time quarterback, and to pay him accordingly?

That possibility could make the Saints decide whether to move on from Brees, or to get Hill locked up to a bridge deal that pays something like $10 million per year before he gets a whiff of his market value.

While the first step in the process hinges on Brees, it’s possible that he chooses to keep playing and the Saints choose to turn the page to Taysom Hill, or possibly to a Hill-Bridgewater combination. However it plays out, the Saints will need to make decisions fairly soon. Which means that Brees’ decision will need to come sooner than later.

25 responses to “Is Drew Brees returning or retiring?

  1. Mammoth offseason decisions to be made in New Orleans. One more year before Kamara hits FA, too, Eli Apple earned himself a hefty contract somewhere, Peat needs to be addressed, Stephone Anthony….a big shift is coming one way or another.

  2. Father time has been whispering in both Drew and Toms ear…….they ain’t listening. You can see it in both of them when they throw, their ball don’t have the same pop it did even as little as two years ago. They probably both come back for one more go. Both will stay put, and the Saints will hold on to Hill & let Bridgewater walk. Hill looks good in the Swiss Army Knife role, but bet you make him a full time QB and he struggles a bit for a while. Every down playing is a whole other animal. He needs experience and eventually will get some. Brady just thinks he took good care of himself all these years and can keep doing it. Peyton Manning proved though, that wall is there. Keep going you will eventually hit it and the stop will be sudden.

  3. No one is game planning for Hill. If he is the full time starter he will not have the same level of success. Vikes built a game plsn for a pocket passer and were thrown when an option QB came into the game.

  4. Teams are trying to find the next Mahomes. Hill is a great athlete and probably should be given a shot if they feel he is like a Steve Young. Brees is going to chew up the cap, big time. If he’s willing to take a Brady type of deal so they can pay the players around him, then sign him. If not, thanks for your service.

  5. Brees returns. I cannot imagine that he could be comfortable going out with that flop of a game against the Vikings. My money is on the Saints hanging on to Brees and Hill, and Teddy ending up in Chicago.

  6. Funny, 0 posts here. If this were another Brady post, there would be at least 50 replies here already.

    That said, I love me some Brees and Brady. I really want to see them both back and both on their teams (Pats and Saints). Would love to see them both duke it out in a Superbowl!

  7. Just looking at the QB’s left standing in the playoffs, there is a youth movement and the landscape is changing. We are witnessing the old guard wind down their careers.

  8. Brees will be back, Bridgewater will be gone so no problems for Taysom… who really isn’t going to be a starter ever anyway.

  9. What really good team is a QB away from winning? None. So you need the cap relief (and pray the pick hits) with a rookie QB. Tampa Bay, Chargers, Miami, possibly the Panthers. I’m sure there’s another or so.

    Only decent team that might roll the dice one Hill is New England, if Brees stays and Brady leaves. If Brees retires, New Orleans will pay him. I think Hill knows what he’s worth, btw.

    I wouldn’t accept any ‘bridge deal’. When they cut you it’s a ‘business decision’. Well he’d make the right ‘business decision’ if the Panthers offered him 60 mil for 4 years. Cheap for a QB. Would be a bargain if he’s great. At worst you have a large cap hit for an impact player which happens every day, anyway. Hill might be perfect for Carolina. I think the owner likes to roll the dice and bet heavy…

    Hill is going to get paid something north of that 6 mil.

  10. The Biker Prophet says:
    January 14, 2020 at 9:06 am
    Brees returns. I cannot imagine that he could be comfortable going out with that flop of a game against the Vikings. My money is on the Saints hanging on to Brees and Hill, and Teddy ending up in Chicago

    The problem with that logic is that players rarely get to retire after a W. It almost never happens. It is more than likely than Brees will end his career with a loss, whether its this year or sometime in the near future. Only way he ends on a W is a SB or winning week 17 and they miss the playoffs. One is waaaaaay more likely than the other.

  11. silentraven7 says:
    January 14, 2020 at 12:09 am

    Mammoth offseason decisions to be made in New Orleans. One more year before Kamara hits FA, too, Eli Apple earned himself a hefty contract somewhere, Peat needs to be addressed, Stephone Anthony….a big shift is coming one way or another.
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    Eli Apple is the guy other teams go after in the passing game. He is THE weak link of the saints defense. If he goes elsewhere Saints fans should be overjoyed.

  12. Eli Apple is the guy other teams go after in the passing game. He is THE weak link of the saints defense. If he goes elsewhere Saints fans should be overjoyed.

    He graded out in the top 50 CBs this year. Of course teams go after him, the alternative is going after Lattimore. That said, in a league of 32, to be ranked in the top 50 means he’s a very good #2 and he will get paid like it.

  13. I’ve loved having him qb the team I root for and have seen every game he’s played and I do believe he has a bit left in the tank but – I do think it’s time to look for his replacement. It’s unfortunate that he and Payton had one of their worst games ever at the same time. No question that his arm-strength has diminished so there’s no point in having a burner if he can’t get the ball downfield to him. Kamara has been hit so much I think he’s trending down too so trade him while you can. Can’t spend big money on rbs, not worth it. And Peat has to go or at least not be a starter anymore.
    They really needed that bye week. And of course the vikings turned back into a pumpkin a week later. And can Payton please quit calling toss plays to AK 5 yards into the backfield?!!! Never works.

  14. hey listen as a huge saints fan..its time for bress to let it go he has done his job for the team for the city,for the bensons for his family for his coaches yes he brought us our superbowl our nfc championships for many years ….but he also costed us alot of good players over the years to depart from our team just to pay him..now fans you might no agree but when we traded bandon cooks i knew right there bress arm was shot..now anything 30 yards are less brees is good anything pass that he is nolonger that good..so with the weapons the saints has and will be getting this coming years with need a mobile quarterback that can move around instead of standing getting sacked are throwing a pick,,we need a young fresh out college QB are i would be happy with teddy

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