Since the end of the 2019 NFL season, not much has moved the ticker of topics more than the New Orleans Saints’ future quarterback plans. Teddy Bridgewater is reportedly set to cash in on a major payday. Plus, Taysom Hill believes he’s a franchise quarterback in this league, and if the Saints don’t agree, he’s likely to take his talents elsewhere.
However, the most pressing topic at hand pertaining to the Saints quarterback situation has been the status of future Hall of Famer Drew Brees, and on Tuesday, he finally made that decision.
Drew Brees Announces He Will Return in 2020
Saints fans can rest easy, as they will once again have number nine under center come the start of the 2020 regular season. That decision was made via Instagram, as the NFL’s all-time leading passer, Drew Brees, took time out of his vacation in Hawaii to announce that he will indeed be returning to the playing field in 2020.
As seen in the post, Brees writes “My feelings about the 2020 season! I look forward to the grind and the journey, for the reward at the end will be worth it!!! Love you #WhoDatNation. Let’s make another run at it!”
The final part of that statement is the most glaring, and likely the biggest reason for the now 41-year old signal-caller to return for what will be his 20th NFL season.
The Saints have been on the cusp of league supremacy for the better part of the last three seasons, having won no fewer than 11 games in any year over that span. Yet despite their dominant regular season runs, New Orleans has continued to fall just short of a Super Bowl victory in that span.
Brees will now strap up his chinstrap for at least one more year as he attempts to add a second Lombardi Trophy to his collection.
Teddy Bridgewater Likely Done in New Orleans
While the Saints fans can rejoice following Brees’ decision, it may come with a slightly sour taste in their mouth. With Brees returning to the Saints in 2020, the likelihood is that Teddy Bridgewater, who many perceived as the heir apparent to Brees, will all but undoubtedly not be returning. This was pointed out by ESPN’s Adam Schefter just minutes following Brees’ announcement.
However, Bridgewater is likely not too concerned about how all this is currently playing out. Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reported on Monday that Bridgewater will have a strong market and that he could end up landing a contract worth around $30 million per year.
Bridgewater started five games in place of an injured Brees a season ago, leading the Saints to an undefeated record and tossing nine touchdowns to just two interceptions over that span.