Following weeks of speculation, New Orleans Saints star quarterback Drew Brees has elected to finally head into retirement. Brees‘ departure shifts the entire situation toward resolving their future under center. The Saints didn’t waste making their next move as longtime backup Taysom Hill has scored a $140 million deal.
Drew Brees finally steps into retirement
Since the Saints saw their Super Bowl hopes crushed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there have remained questions concerning Drew Brees’ future.
The last several weeks saw Brees contemplate retirement, which he dropped notable hints he was leaning in that direction. The 42-year-old finally pulled the trigger and announced his retirement on social media on Sunday afternoon.
The move doesn’t come as a total surprise, especially after converting his 2021 base salary to around $1 million. Several notable NFL reporters also suggested every indication leaned toward retirement.
Brees finishes an illustrious NFL career that will result in a first-ballot Hall of Fame induction. He retires as the all-time leader with 80,358 passing yards, 7,142 completions, a 67.7% career completion rate, and second with 571 touchdown passes. He also holds the all-time mark with five 5,000 passing yard campaigns, while no other player has accomplished that more than once.
With Brees off the map, the Saints have transitioned forward with their first move at the quarterback position involving Taysom Hill.
Drew Brees’ retirement landed Taysom Hill a phantom $140 million deal with the Saints
There had been a lingering notion hovering over the situation suggesting Drew Brees would choose to retire.
Brees’ announcement has quickly led the Saints to pull the trigger on their next move at the quarterback position. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, New Orleans has agreed to a four-year, $140 million extension with longtime backup Taysom Hill.
The numbers are a bit deceiving as it looks like the Saints have a lucrative contract with Hill that averages out to $35 million annually. However, each season of the contract is voidable, making the likelihood he completes the deal quite slim.
Schefter did add that Hill performs like a top quarterback, there is the framework there to work out a new deal next offseason. The Saints hold the control to get out of the contract before each year, which could see them restructure a new deal possibly as early as next offseason.
The thought process for the extension is entirely centered on helping the team get closer to the salary cap. New Orleans will save $7.5 million with Hill’s restructured deal, which there are likely moves ahead to get further under that number.
The contract figures look insane at a glance, but it may not be anywhere near what the BYU product will earn over that span.
New Orleans’ future ahead at quarterback
Over the last couple of months, the Saints had every inkling Drew Brees would head into retirement this offseason.
New Orleans has long had a plan ahead for Jameis Winston as their future under center. The Saints have spoken quite highly of Winston, hoping that he could now lead the offense.
Hill will factor into the equation, but the team’s preference is to re-sign the Florida State product. The situation will likely play out with a short-term deal to keep their options open if Winston can’t lead the team to success.
Nonetheless, New Orleans is ready to lay out the red carpet for the 27-year-old; it’s just a matter of working out a deal in the coming days and weeks.