While the sports world is on halt due to COVID-19, the NFL market has been anything but slow. That trend continued Tuesday with the quarterback carousel making its first go-round. Drew Brees, originally the San Diego Chargers' second-round pick out of Purdue in 2001, will remain in the Big Easy with a two-year deal worth $50 million.
Brees became the NFL all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns after throwing for 2,979 yards and 27 yards in touchdowns during the 2019-2020 season. During Pro-Bowl week in Orlando, the Saints quarterback was asked multiple times about his postseason plans. He replied and gave no indication that he wanted to be anywhere but New Orleans, saying that if the Saints wanted him to stay, New Orleans is where he would be.
With a two year deal that will see Brees play through his 43rd birthday, he and the Saints will try to address some unfinished business. Michael Thomas led the league with 1,725 yards receiving and broke Marvin Harrison’s single-season reception record. Despite being the top seed in the NFC South with a 13-3 record, New Orleans fell 26-20 in an overtime loss to the Vikings in the Wild Card playoff.
It was important to get this deal done before the start of the new league year on Wednesday. With limited cap room, they will most likely place their first round tender on Taysom Hill which left Teddy Bridgewater as the odd man out. Bridgewater–who guided the team to a 6-1 record while Brees was injured–signed a 3-year deal with the Carolina Panthers.
Bridgewater totaled 1,384 yards, nine touchdowns, and two interceptions in 2019. How he parlays these numbers into a the stats of a full-time starter remains to be seen.