Sean Payton: I did call Drew Brees about returning; it was probably a good thing he didn’t come

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Back in December, Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that head coach Sean Payton called Drew Brees to ask if he’d come back and play when both Taysom Hill and Trevor Siemian landed on the COVID-19 list.

Brees, as we know, declined the opportunity. Instead, Ian Book started that Monday game against the Dolphins in Week 16. He got sacked eight times and threw two picks in the 20-3 loss.

In his press conference announcing he’s stepping down, Payton confirmed that report with a bit of a twist.

“I spoke to [Brees] at length last night about this decision for the first time and he was fantastic,” Payton said. “And I did call him during the season and we discussed him coming back. And I think both of us agreed, based on our lineup versus Miami it was a good thing he stayed [with NBC] and didn’t come.”

Brees was New Orleans’ quarterback for 15 years before electing to retire after the 2020 season. He and Payton won Super Bowl XLIV together in the 2009 season.

1 responses to “Sean Payton: I did call Drew Brees about returning; it was probably a good thing he didn’t come

  1. It takes some will power to not get dragged back in. Interesting to see that less than a year later those two can say with objectivity yup was the right decision not to. Lot of people on sports get tunnel vision about such things. I’m not a saints fan but I’d say even more Sorry saints fans an era is coming to an end those two aren’t walking back through that door. Side comment Don’t hitch your wagon to Hill, Or Jameis.

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