Drew Brees will “take a deep breath” before making 2020 decision

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees wasn’t ready to talk about his plans for the 2020 season right after the Saints’ playoff loss to the Vikings earlier this month and he’s not saying when he’ll be ready to cross that bridge.

General Manager Mickey Loomis said this week that the Saints want Brees back for another season, but any move to work out a contract to bring him back will have to wait until Brees confirms that he’s going to keep playing. During a Wednesday appearance on ESPN from the Pro Bowl, Brees said that he needs some time away from the game to make that call.

“I wanted to give it at least a few weeks, months, postseason, just to take a deep breath and decompress a little bit and get some time with the family and then just reassess,” Brees said.

Brees said he’ll discuss things with his family, but that his kids want him to play “forever.” That’s unlikely, but it doesn’t sound like playing in 2020 is a long shot.

52 responses to “Drew Brees will “take a deep breath” before making 2020 decision

  1. I don’t blame him for taking his time. After two years in a row where non-calls played a big part in the Saints exiting the playoffs early, Brees is very likely still frustrated.

    He has nothing to prove, and will be in the HOF on the first ballot.

    Best of luck with whatever you choose, Drew.

  2. I love him for everything he’s done/doing for the team and the city. However….I think it’s time to move on (I know I’ll get blasted for this). If he doesn’t play for us, he costs us $21mil this year…but then we’re free from cap hell. If he DOES play for us, he’s $21 mil plus whatever he gets paid. We have too many future pieces we need to maintain to accommodate him. Kamara, Ramczyk and Lattimore need to be resigned soon. Onyemata, Klein, Janoris (maybe?)Vonn Bell need to be signed now….to say nothing of whether we keep Teddy and/or Taysom.
    It’s been an amazing ride with Drew, nothing short of spectacular but, as a fan of the TEAM, I’m sorry, I have to say it’s time to move on. We have to be futurists.

  3. rees has had 3 Excellent seasons in a row
    PFF 2019 Tannehill just edged Brees out for #1 QB, Brees 2nd
    PFF 2018 Brees was #1 QB, ahead of Mahommes

    Football wins are Team wins, not individual wins…
    2017-2019 Saints are 37-11 in the regular Season, with Playoff wins against Philly and Carolina…

    I say, in 2020-
    Take no prisoners, 2020 Scorched Earth tour…

  4. Sean Payton destroyed Drew Brees’ window of opportunity with way too-cute decisions that derailed the Saints’ recent playoff runs.

    1. Mocking Vikings fans instead of focusing on Saints defensive formation (two years ago)
    2. Deciding to throw on first down with under two minutes left against the Rams last year, which led to an incompletion, which led to clock stoppage.
    3. Going for two early against the 49ers (key regular season game this year) instead of kicking the extra point, which contributed to a Saints loss, which led to the loss of the bye week and home field advantage, which led to another soul-crushing Saints playoff loss.
    4. Not taking a timeout at the end of the first half against the Vikings, thus allowing precious time to expire and scuttling what should have been a scoring drive.

    Just horrible decisions by Sean Payton. I love Drew Brees. I do not like Sean Payton.

  5. I’m sure he doesn’t want his last game to be a game in which he played poorly and gave his team no chance to win because of his turnovers. He’s probably going to want $40M though.

  6. ♫ “Life is old there, older than the trees
    Younger than the mountains, growing like Drew Brees” ♫

  7. If Brees doesn’t come back, who gets the starter?

    teddy went 5-0 when Brees went down ( including @ Seattle ), but everybody is so warm and Fuzzy over Hill so I dunno.

    If it were me, I’d go with Teddy and keep using Hill as a wildcat/trick play qb, and rb/wr, but then I am not an NFL coach

  8. ahzroc says:
    January 23, 2020 at 12:38 pm
    @SWFLPC.INC
    What was Matt Cassel’s record when Brady was out (hint: 11-5)
    therefor, Matt Cassel is better than Tom Brady ?
    ————————-
    Yes, and his footballs were inflated to NFL specifications.

  9. jbcommonsense says:
    January 23, 2020 at 11:25 am

    Okay, 74.3% completion rate, 27-4 TD/INT ratio, 116 QB rating. Clearly over the hill.

    ________________________________________________

    Playing in a dome certainly helps to pad the stats. In the end, he threw a pick against the Vikings and had a lost fumble. I seem to remember him throwing the game ending pick versus the Rams in overtime of last season’s NFC championship game as well. Then, he also threw two picks against the Vikings in the 2017 divisional round game. There playoff one and dones in sixteen games? It’s not bad, but it could be better too.

  10. goawayeverybody says:
    January 23, 2020 at 11:52 am
    Sean Payton destroyed Drew Brees’ window of opportunity with way too-cute decisions that derailed the Saints’ recent playoff runs.

    1. Mocking Vikings fans instead of focusing on Saints defensive formation (two years ago)
    2. Deciding to throw on first down with under two minutes left against the Rams last year, which led to an incompletion, which led to clock stoppage.
    3. Going for two early against the 49ers (key regular season game this year) instead of kicking the extra point, which contributed to a Saints loss, which led to the loss of the bye week and home field advantage, which led to another soul-crushing Saints playoff loss.
    4. Not taking a timeout at the end of the first half against the Vikings, thus allowing precious time to expire and scuttling what should have been a scoring drive.

    Just horrible decisions by Sean Payton. I love Drew Brees. I do not like Sean Payton.

    ———————

    i dunno. didn’t they win a superbowl not too long ago? that onside kick to start the half was pure genius and changed the course of the game.

  11. ahzroc says:
    January 23, 2020 at 12:38 pm
    @SWFLPC.INC

    What was Matt Cassel’s record when Brady was out (hint: 11-5)
    therefor, Matt Cassel is better than Tom Brady ?

    ___________________________________________________________

    Matt Cassel inherited arguably the greatest team in the history of the league, especially to not win the super bowl. They won 18 consecutive games in 2007. Yet, Cassel’s team couldn’t even beat the Dolphins to win the AFC East. They also had an easy schedule that year. They lost to the Chargers in a blowout and lost to the Colts, Jets, and Steelers. Cassel went on to lead the Chiefs to a 10-6 record in the 2010 season. Jimmy Garoppolo, who was once Brady’s backup, is now playing in his first super bowl.

    Meanwhile, Bridgewater helped to beat the Seahawks and Bears. In Drew’s second game back, they lost to the Falcons. Knowing that they beat the Titans 38-28 and barely lost to the 49ers 48-46, it makes their wild card loss all the more upsetting. The Titans went all the way to the AFC championship and the Saints could have given the 49ers a better conference championship game, without a doubt.

  12. With the rules the way they are regarding hitting QB’s, I see no problem with Brees coming back next year and playing at a high level.
    He’s always been a class act and the league is better with him than without him.

  13. ahzroc says:
    January 23, 2020 at 12:38 pm
    @SWFLPC.INC

    What was Matt Cassel’s record when Brady was out (hint: 11-5)
    therefor, Matt Cassel is better than Tom Brady ?

    ——-
    Cassel lost 5 games with the same offense that Brady took to 16-0. How is that somehow “better”?

  14. Drew Brees is great , don’t get me wrong. But as soon as the Vikings rattled him, the wheels fell off. I don’t remember him being like that when he was younger, so I think he should hang em up for the sake of the franchise not losing teddy. But I hope my franchise gets teddy back, so come back brees

  15. Class act, good teammate, can still play better than 90% of the NFL QBs, and his team is pretty well-constructed. Once he gets his wind back after that big breath, the decision should be easy.

  16. So it’s “unlikely” he’s gonna play forever?

    See, that’s why PFT is my trusted news source for all things NFL.

  17. I can’t see Drew quitting, his team is too good, he is still too good, But I am sick of NO fans crying about that final call, It was reviewed and the defender fowled the receiver too, so that was the way the whole game was Officiated!
    So for those of you that wanted to take the win away just think about your SB win, You cheated the whole game so should the win have been stripped? Now how do YOU like it!

  18. The only NFL QB that had a better season than Drew Brees at preforming the position of QB in 2019 was Ryan Tannehill.
    Not Brady, Not Rogers, not Mahommes, not Jackson, not Rivers, not Cousins.
    Russell Wilson tied Brees for 2nd.
    whether the player is 21 or 41, you dont get rid of a consistent performer.
    Drew Brees is the most accurate and most consistant QB in NFL history, and his current performances are some of his career (and NFL) best.

  19. He’ll likely be back if for nothing else than to get his revenge on the commissioner for screwing the Saints!

  20. vikesfansteve says:
    January 23, 2020 at 11:37 am
    they barely lost. He should come back, he’s awesome. Trade Cousins for him.
    /////////
    This is Exhibit A on why we can’t take your comments seriously.

  21. ahzroc says:
    January 23, 2020 at 2:30 pm
    The only NFL QB that had a better season than Drew Brees at preforming the position of QB in 2019 was Ryan Tannehill.
    /////////
    He went 8-4. Bridgewater went 5-0 for the Saints.

  22. @ Purplestorm:

    Consider this-
    the Saints – Vikings game was an NFL Playoff game.
    You cant have the game-winning play be a penalty!
    Rudolph definitely pushed off.
    Even if you call offfsetting penalties, the result is the same-
    You line up and do it again!
    If the Vikings actually legally score the TD, they win.
    If they kick a FG, the Saints get the ball back.
    Also,
    the play was NOT reviewed!
    After the fack, the Riveron group said they looked at it, but it was NOT Reviewed in game time.

  23. Everyone knows there will be no hometown discount. He could be the first player with a $50 mil salary cap hit. ($20 mil forward, and $30 mil for 2020) Unless they push it to next year, when its a $60 mil hit. And by then, they have lost Hill and Bridgewater.

  24. Brees, Rodgers, and Brady will win no more Super Bowls. It’s over. All three should follow Eli into retirement and let the league move on. They are no longer what they were and are merely speed bumps for true super bowl contenders. Brees and Rodgers each won one super bowl in their primes. What makes anyone think they can do it in their late thirties early forties? The Patriots were probably the worst team in the playoffs this year. Brady had a chance for a last-second miracle and immediately dink-and-dunked himself into a pick 6. It’s over for all of them.

  25. I look forward to another year of huge regular season numbers followed by an early exit in the playoffs.

  26. At this point, the Saints brass has kicked the can so far down the road that the hit is completely unavoidable. He did take a slightly lower overall salary last season, but Loomis structured the contract to give them a full year to decide if they were ready to take that hit. Now that Teddy has played as well as he did, it wouldn’t be feasible to think that the Saints could afford to pay him what he deserves, even if Brees decided he would retire as the cap would still be hit by over $20 million. You can argue about what it would take to keep Taysom and I believe they’ll figure that part out, regardless of whether Brees stays or not.

  27. thorsmark says:
    January 23, 2020 at 3:19 pm
    Sad time to see all the greats retiring. I hope the new crop can be just as dynamic and prolific.

    __________________

    Doubt it, it’s going to be like NASCAR. Once the “Good ‘ol boys” were gone viewership went downhill.

    Be blessed that you got to see the greatest era of football ever. It will never be the same.

  28. Come Chris & Mike, quit trolling Drew like that. Chris you said Drew wasn’t one of the top ten QBs in football last year. Name ten who were better. Just stop it guys. The fact is all of these guys would like to come back & play again for a class organization like the Saints & Taysom Hill wouldn’t even be in the NFL if it weren’t for Sean Payton & the Saints. I hope Taysom will get the chance to start at QB in the future. But Drew is still the man in New Orleans & will play another year if he wants. You guys must be afraid of Drew setting his passing marks so high no one will ever break them.

  29. Nothing (but a tease to come back) will tarnish what Drew Brees has done for the Saints. However, Teddy Bridgewater is a free agent and Taysom Hill is a restricted free agent. Need an answer soon for Saints Nation. Who Dat!!

  30. Yeah as really think it is either to move on, have Drew either take a pay cut, keep Taysom Hill and Teddy Bridgewater, or that Drew retires and create cap space.

  31. welcometothefold95 says:
    January 23, 2020 at 1:17 pm
    goawayeverybody says:
    January 23, 2020 at 11:52 am
    Sean Payton destroyed Drew Brees’ window of opportunity with way too-cute decisions that derailed the Saints’ recent playoff runs.

    1. Mocking Vikings fans instead of focusing on Saints defensive formation (two years ago)
    2. Deciding to throw on first down with under two minutes left against the Rams last year, which led to an incompletion, which led to clock stoppage.
    3. Going for two early against the 49ers (key regular season game this year) instead of kicking the extra point, which contributed to a Saints loss, which led to the loss of the bye week and home field advantage, which led to another soul-crushing Saints playoff loss.
    4. Not taking a timeout at the end of the first half against the Vikings, thus allowing precious time to expire and scuttling what should have been a scoring drive.

    Just horrible decisions by Sean Payton. I love Drew Brees. I do not like Sean Payton.

    ———————

    i dunno. didn’t they win a superbowl not too long ago? that onside kick to start the half was pure genius and changed the course of the game.
    ————————————————————-

    That was a decade ago, and they were trailing that game and needed a momentum changer. Also they were playing Peyton Manning who was a huge choke artist at that point in his career. The onside kick only looked brilliant because it actually worked. It was a hugely risky move that makes you look like a genius if it works and makes you loook foolish if it doesn’t. The other decisions that Sean Payton made that I mentioned in my post were unbelievably silly. Just totally silly.

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