Saints QB Drew Brees is likely to reach an NFL milestone never reached before
Earlier on Tuesday, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees announced he would be returning for another season, and in doing so, he is setting himself up to achieve quite a milestone.
Brees, who is the NFL’s all-time passing leader with 77,416 yards, could hit the 80,000-yard mark with a run-of-the-mill campaign in 2020, as Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk points out.
All Brees needs to do is stay healthy, which, of course, is something he didn’t do in 2019 when he was knocked out for five games due to a broken thumb.
But think about this: even with Brees missing five games, he finished with 2,979 yards, and all he has to do to hit 80,000 is throw for 2,584 yards next season.
Brees added 27 touchdowns while throwing four interceptions, completing 74.3 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 116.3 this past season, en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.
The 41-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Purdue, was originally selected by the San Diego Chargers in the second round (32nd pick overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft.
He spent the first five seasons of his career with the Chargers, making one Pro Bowl before signing with the Saints in 2006.
Upon arriving in New Orleans, Brees broke out, earning a trip to the Pro Bowl and a First-Team All-Pro selection in his first season in the Bayou.
Overall, Brees has made 12 Pro Bowl appearances during his time with the Saints and led New Orleans to a Super Bowl championship during the 2009-10 campaign.
The Saints were eliminated by the Minnesota Vikings from the Wild Card Round of the playoffs last month, marking their third straight season that ended in a heartbreaking postseason defeat.