QB - NO - OUT
Saints QB Drew Brees took to Instagram on Sunday evening to officially announce his retirement from the National Football League.
Brees lasted 20 years in the NFL, including 15 as a member of the New Orleans Saints. He won a Super Bowl MVP award and set several all-time passing records. Unfortunately, the Saints were never able to get back to the Super Bowl after their 2010 victory, but that doesn't diminish Brees' status as one of the all-time great quarterbacks. We'll now see where the Saints go from here. Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill are both in play to be New Orleans' starter come Week 1.
Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints agreed to contract restructuring on February 6, 2021. The revised contract will save the Saints approximately $24 million in cap space they desperately need, as they have one of the worst cap situations in the league this offseason.
This news has no impact on Drew Brees' intention to retire this offseason, with an announcement expected in the coming weeks.
Saints head coach Sean Payton said that he expects an announcement to come "in the next week or two" from Drew Brees regarding his speculative retirement. However, he did not say whether he was officially retiring or not.
Payton went on to talk about how Brees had excessive wear and tear on his body this year. Prior to the Saints' loss to Buccaneers, Jay Glazer reported that it was going to be Brees's final game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Brees missed a handful of games with broken ribs and a punctured lung and struggled to push the ball downfield, even when healthy. About to turn 43years old in less than two weeks, Brees is expected to hang up the cleats this offseason. Still, a formal announcement should come sometime within a week after this Sunday's Super Bowl.
Drew Brees lost in what is believed to be his final game in the NFL. He completed 19 of 32 passes for 134 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. He added two rushes for three yards in the 30-20 loss to the Bucs.
The 42-year-old veteran quarterback struggled against the swarming Bucs defense. He completed just 55.9% of his passes and threw three interceptions. The Saints turned the ball over four times but still kept the game somewhat competitive, mostly due to Alvin Kamara's grinding and a 56-yard trick play touchdown toss from Jameis Winston. Brees will retire with a litany of passing records and a Super Bowl championship. With Winston just being on a one-year contract, it's likely that Taysom Hill is the Week 1 starter in 2021.
Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports Sunday's Divisional Round matchup against the Bucs will be Drew Brees' final game in the Superdome.
"Drew Brees, tonight will be the last game he plays at the Superdome. ... Drew Brees will be done. That's it. Tom Brady will continue. Drew Brees, this will be his last game in the Superdome," Glazer said during the pregame broadcast. Many assumed Brees would be retiring after this season, so this doesn't come as a huge surprise, but it still give tonight's showdown an extra layer of importance. Even if the Saints beat the Bucs and advance to the NFC Championship, next Sunday's game would be at Lambeau Field. The 42-year-old Brees posted a 24:6 TD:INT ratio in12 games this year.