Saints QB Drew Brees thought 2017 was going to be his last year
Drew Brees is contemplating retirement from the New Orleans Saints this offseason but this isn’t the first time he’s considered it. Before his current decision, Brees thought the 2017 season was going to be his last year in the NFL, as he said on PFT Live.
Back in 2017, Brees ended the season with 4,334 yards, 23 touchdowns, and eight touchdowns. The 23 touchdown passes were the lowest in his career since 2003. In the 2003 season, Brees only started in 11 games for the San Diego Chargers and completed 11 touchdowns.
Following the 2017 season, the longtime Saints quarterback evaluated the future of his career. But in the end, the future Hall of Famer decided to keep playing with the aspiration of winning another Super Bowl.
Seeing that New Orleans has suffered heartbreaking losses in the playoffs in back-to-back seasons, his aspirations didn’t come true. However, if he does choose to return, Brees could get one final opportunity at a Super Bowl.
When watching Brees, it’s evident that father time is beginning to take a toll on him. That isn’t to say that he isn’t still one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL, though.
Despite missing five games in 2019, Brees still managed to record 2,979 yards, 27 touchdowns, and four interceptions. Also, he nearly broke his own all-time completion percentage record of 74.4 percent.
Throughout the season, the Pro Bowl Saints quarterback surpassed Peyton Manning for the most passing touchdowns of all-time. Given that, Brees possesses plenty of notable records for quarterbacks and doesn’t have much anything else to prove.
Brees is going to be first-ballot Hall of Famer when he chooses to retire. Just as it was in 2017, it is starting to become a reality that Brees could walk away from football and the Saints this offseason.