Breaking: Drew Brees says that he doesn’t want to test free agency and wants to stay with the New Orleans Saints.
Brees was the heart and soul of a Saints team that went 11-5 and was 10 seconds away from going to NFC Championship game. It makes sense for both sides to stay with one another, as the Saints have a bright future ahead.
Brees, 39, saw his stats plummet in 2017. However, that may have been due to the amazing rushing attack that emerged for the Saints with Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. He still broke the completion percentage record. He also has helped turn Michael Thomas into a superstar. Ted Ginn also had a terrific season with Drew Brees.
The only cons with signing Brees are regarding his age. Many QBs have struggled once they’ve reached 40 and some believe Brees is starting to lose some arm strength. That decline showed when Brees got picked off by Anderson Sendejo in the Divisional Round, underthrowing Ted Ginn, who was wide open down the field. The other concern may be regarding money, as the Saints May choose to upgrade the defense with the money instead of signing Brees.
A projected deal for Brees would be 2 years around 50 Million a year. That’s a tough investment, but one that needs to be made. As mentioned before, the Saints have a bright future ahead and are prime contenders for next year. There is no reason to throw that away by letting Brees walk. Also with so many young offensive weapons, such as Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas, it makes sense to have Brees there so they can keep developing. The Saints should start planning for life without Brees, but they should still sign him for a 2 year deal around 50 Million (even though 1 year would be ideal for the Saints.