Since the New Orleans Saints‘ 2019 season came to a disappointing close after falling short in the wildcard round of the playoffs against the Minnesota Vikings. It has brought into focus star quarterback Drew Brees‘ long-term future in the league as he wrapped up his 19th season. Brees had voiced uncertainty regarding his status for returning for another year, which stated he needed some time to assess his situation before coming to a decision. It now appears that he has made up his mind regarding his NFL future.
Drew Brees’ 2019 campaign
In his 19th season in the league, Brees had an eventful season that saw him for the first time in his tenure with the Saints deal with a lingering injury.
The 41-year-old missed five straight games due to a torn ligament in his right thumb that he suffered in Week 2 against the Los Angeles Rams. New Orleans continued to stay on track with him out of the lineup, going 5-0 in his absence.
He returned for Week 8 action, which saw put together a strong finish the year out with 25 of his 27 touchdown passes in the final nine games played. That included him throwing at least three touchdown passes seven times, which he ended the regular season reaching that mark in four straight games. Brees recorded 27 touchdown passes to four interceptions, along with 2,979 passing yards on 74.3% completion rate and a 116.3 passer rating.
It also included him moving ahead of Peyton Manning to become the all-time leader in touchdown passes in NFL history. However, the questions after the season centered on Brees’ future in the league, which he has finally given clarity on his status.
Drew Brees reveals his status for 2020 season
In the last few weeks, there has been plenty of attention on Brees’ NFL future as he voiced much uncertainty about what he planned to do next. With a few weeks passed since the official end of the season with Super Bowl 54, Brees took to Instagram on Tuesday morning to voice that he plans to return for his 20th campaign.
That decision keeps him in the fold for at least one more year to add to his illustrious NFL career with another chance to capture his second Super Bowl. It also puts the breaks on the plans to make Taysom Hill the starting quarterback for another season, which could present the scenario to groom him further to be their long-term solution after Brees.
Although the allure of getting into the broadcasting side of the industry is of great interest for the future Hall of Famer, it appears that he’s comfortable with holding that off for another season. That also signals the Saints will once again roll with an all-in approach to make the most of Brees’ time left in the league.
What to expect from Drew Brees in 2020
Over the last few seasons, there have been some concerns about Brees showing his age as the year moved along.
Brees is clearly in the twilight of his career and will continue to face those questions, but when he was healthy last season, he proved that he has plenty left in the tank to play at a high level. There could be a bit more of a shift towards relying on the running game, but there should remain a significant amount of responsibility on his shoulders to lead the offense.
The Saints have the talent to be a Super Bowl-contending team; it may naturally come down to his performance in the playoffs. That has been the area where the team has come up short in the postseason.
There is no reason to believe that his performance on the field will decline, but it may hinge on bringing out his best when it matters most, and the 2020 campaign could be the ideal way to cap off his incredible career.