The Saints tried to lure Drew Brees out of retirement

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The Saints have a quarterback problem, with Taysom Hill and Trevor Siemian on COVID reserve. It prompted the team to turn on the bat signal this week. Unfortunately, Batman is taking a pass on once again throwing passes.

Via Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Saints called Drew Brees about the possibility of emerging from retirement to handle the position. Coach Sean Payton personally called Brees about the opportunity. Brees, per Duncan, gave the idea some serious thought.

Duncan explains that Brees didn’t want to return as a backup, but as the starter. Which makes sense. Why pull the plug on a budding media career to hold a clipboard? Given his knowledge of the offense, he mentally could have done it.

Physically, that would have been a different story. Brees explained in July that it’s not something that is easily reacquired, after calling it quits.

“I better get my butt going if that’s the case,” Brees told Mike Tirico, subbing for Peter King in the Football Morning in America spot, regarding a possible unretirement in 2021. “There is a saying that if you don’t use it, you lose it. That’s the truth, my arm is killing me because I haven’t been training to throw. I actually feel worse now than at any other point in my career. I may have one throw, one series, one drive.”

In late October, after Saints starter Jameis Winston suffered a season-ending knee injury, Brees said he wasn’t returning.

And he isn’t returning. That will make the Saints’ chances at returning to the playoffs a little slimmer, however. On Monday night, it’ll be Ian Book backed up by Blake Bortles, against a Miami team that has won six games in a row.

29 responses to “The Saints tried to lure Drew Brees out of retirement

  1. Can we just take a moment to contemplate that Blake Bortles has gone from the 3rd overall pick to emergency qb to the emergency qb of the emergency qb in New Orleans.

  2. He was terrible by the end. Then with the cringeworthy reversal on the kneeling, nobody wants to see him.

  3. Stay where you are Drew nobody wants you to come back. The Saints are the Saints again for a while,

  4. I love seeing that smug Peyton’s face coaching an irrevalent team. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

  5. Hate to break it to you Saints fans….but there’s not a QB on the current roster that even remotely comes close to replacing Drew Brees’ production and leadership. Ian Book will make a great direct snap-wildcat QB,basically what he did at Notre Dame.

  6. NO NO NO… stay retired Drew. You got out with the money and most importantly your heath. It only takes one missed block to put you in a wheel chair. OUT MEANS OUT. If you Love your family more then a football franchise then stay out of the game. Your time has passed. All the greats know when to call it a day. The ones that try to hang on…. I just felt really sorry for Willie Mays.

  7. Everyone was making fun of Belichick his first season without Brady, but a year later and he has his team right up there with the top teams. And Blake Bortles was one play short of leading Jacksonville to a super bowl, so the guy knows how to win. His coach was the reason they didn’t make it to the title game.

  8. Blake Bortles is a millionaire many times over. You’re taking anonymous pot shots at him online, on Christmas day. Life is weird I guess.

  9. I can’t imagine Brees eagerly running back to a buncha clowns who can’t handle another teammate having a different opinion…

  10. Time to move on, Saints fans. Drew isn’t coming back. And trying to piece it together with guys like Jameis and Hill and Blake Bortals is not going to be a long term solution.

    Belichick learned last year when he picked up Cam Newton. Trying to turn a cast off or journeyman into a star is not easy. Might as well try to develop a rookie that you think has promise.

    The bad news though for Saints is they are winning a little bit too much right now to get a high draft pick. They are one of those teams that will get stuck in mediocrity. They destroyed the Packers, they swept the Bucs, but still miss the playoffs, and end up with a draft pick around mid-round.

  11. jerry292 says:
    December 25, 2021 at 1:28 The bad news though for Saints is they are winning a little bit too much right now to get a high draft pickpm

    Many of the greatest QB’s today, as well as yesterday, weren’t real high draft picks. Brees was a 2nd rounder. Brady was a 6th rounder. Rodgers was pick #24 in the first round. Mahomes was #10. Roethlisberger went #11. Lamar Jackson #32. Russell Wilson was a 3rd rounder and Dak Prescott a fourth rounder. Kurt Warner wasn’t even drafted. Joe Montana was the last pick in the 3rd round. I agree, it’s much easier when a John Elway or Peyton Manning is coming out, but lots of high picks didn’t pan out either.

  12. I actually had to do an internet search to find out who just who the hell Blake Bortles is.

    Let Book play. Growing pains happen one way or the other.

  13. touchback6 says:
    December 25, 2021 at 12:25 pm
    Gid bless BB for ot being afraid to develop
    Is that why Jarrett Stidham is starting … oh wait.

  14. I’d put a couple of bucks down on Payton going after Rodgers/Wilson full bore after the season.

  15. I don’t think the Saints would want to backtrack that much on their rebuild by trading for someone like our Capt. Kirk.

  16. The Saints aren’t going anywhere even if they sneak into the 7th seed. Why try to get Brees back? Better off getting a look at Book in a real game to get more info on the QB situation they need to address this offseason.

  17. Payton had to make the call – better that than Brees telling him next February “I would have come back if you had called me”.!

    That said, what hurt the Saints is not just the QB situation, it is all the other injuries and the avalanche of covid. Nobody was laughing at the Saints when they were 5-2 with Winston, or when they squashed Tampa twice and made Green Bay look like a Division III college team. They’ll be back next year with a vengeance

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