Saints will be “as prepared as we can” for when Drew Brees retires

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After Sunday’s loss to the Buccaneers, Saints quarterback Drew Brees said he will take time to “think about a lot of things” when asked about a report that he would be retiring from the NFL.

Head coach Sean Payton said that Brees’ plans would be a topic for a different press conference, but it wasn’t the one he took part in on Thursday. Payton was asked about the team’s plans at quarterback and that they will “try to be as prepared as we can be when that time comes” to say farewell to Brees.

Payton also said that he feels good about the other quarterbacks on hand in New Orleans.

“I’ve said a number of times, I’m real confident in the players,” Payton said, via Amie Just of NOLA.com. ‘We have a real good room. I’m excited about Jameis Winston. I’m excited about Taysom Hill.”

Winston is not signed for the 2021 season, although one could infer from Payton’s comments that the Saints would like to re-sign him although it’s possible that Brees’ ultimate decision could affect that plan.

11 responses to “Saints will be “as prepared as we can” for when Drew Brees retires

  1. Winston is about as good of a next option as any team can hope for. The Saints do have a great set up in the QB position vs what NE went through this year.

    Winston can sling it around just as good as anyone. he just needs to dial it in a bit.

  2. Brees is done. Great guy, but his arm is shot. Winston may be a keeper now that he has had LASIK surgery and can see downfield.

  3. Drew Brees will go down as one of the best to ever play the game. It’s hard to say that Drew is unable to play at a high level because of the injuries he had in the 2020 season not only to himself but also to his best players…

  4. Has anyone looked at the Saints salary cap numbers for this year? Over the Cap currently has them at $277 million on their top 51, and the projected cap is $180 million. It’s like my son when he got his first credit card.

  5. The Saints can replace Brees but chances are slim to none that they can REPLACE Brees… meaning his stas and performance… Neither Hill nor winston is going to rise up to that level… The Saints days at the top of the NFC South will be a thing of the past…

  6. It’s not a case of just replacing Brees, the Saints went all in on trying for one more SB with him, going way over cap limits. Next year they will be ~70mil over the cap if Brees retires, over 100mil if he stays. A lot of the talent that got them this far this year will be gone the next. Keeping both Hill and Winston gives them a cheap alternative if Winston resigns for a reasonable amount. But even if they do, they’ll have to win without significant losses of talent their cap situation forces. The Saints gambled and lost this year and it’s time to pay up.

  7. Still not going to sell Taysom Hill short as a qb. Given the number of nfl games he has started at qb, he is still early in development at the position as a pro.

  8. Winston is an unrestricted free agent. I highly doubt he will accept another minimum salary to play backup to Taysom Hill. He took that money to learn from Brees. School’s out.

  9. lgw91s says:
    January 21, 2021 at 2:58 pm
    Has anyone looked at the Saints salary cap numbers for this year? Over the Cap currently has them at $277 million on their top 51, and the projected cap is $180 million. It’s like my son when he got his first credit card.

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    It’s because COVID took a chunk out of next year’s salary cap due to revenue losses. Cap projections for next year that you see currently were made on the assumption that there would be no fans this season (and there were at least some) and the assumption that the NFL wouldn’t step in to do something to help affected teams. I don’t think the league would lift a finger to help the Saints specifically but there are some of their favored darlings (Eagles and Chiefs) in similar situations.

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