Drew Brees has no plans to leave the Saints
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will be a free agent this offseason, but he has no intention of leaving The Big Easy.
Brees spoke with Jane Slater of NFL Network about his contract as he worked out with NFC Pro Bowl teammates, saying it is “not a matter of ‘if’ it gets done, but ‘when.'” Here’s what he had to say:
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) January 23, 2020
Brees also acknowledged that contracts are hardly guaranteed at this stage of his career, but he reiterated that if the Saints want him back, he is not going anywhere.
By all accounts, New Orleans is likely to re-sign Brees. The 41-year-old went 8-3 in his 11 starts in 2019 — Brees missed five games with a broken thumb — while also throwing for close to 3,000 yards and 27 touchdowns, against just four interceptions.
Additionally, Brees is carving out a legacy as the greatest player to ever don a Saints uniform. He was already a Pro Bowl quarterback when he arrived in New Orleans but has since built on his legacy as one of the greatest signal-callers in NFL history.
Brees ranks first in completions, completion percentage touchdown passes and yards. He is third in career passer rating. Most notably, Brees helped the Saints to their first Lombardi Trophy during the 2009 season.
In many ways, Brees has become synonymous with Saints football because of all the milestones he has achieved in New Orleans, and a reunion is all the more likely given his stated desire to return.
Of course, backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has some appeal after going 5-0 filling in for Brees, but Bridgewater will also be a free agent and might command big money and a starting opportunity.
Bank on Brees re-signing with the Saints in short order.