NFL legend Drew Brees has given New Orleans Saints fans memories they will never forget. They have consistently been one of the best teams in the league, thanks to the talents of the future Hall of Famer. However, Drew Brees’ significant decision not to retire last year may have actually ruined Saints fans’ hopes and dreams, as it potentially kept the team from winning a Super Bowl with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.
Drew Brees returned to the New Orleans Saints in 2020
Drew Brees, who is currently 42 years old, has had a ton of success with the Saints. He is a 13-time Pro Bowl selection (one came with the Chargers), a two-time AP Offensive Player of the Year, and he led the Saints to a Super Bowl title in 2009. This is all in addition to the fact that Brees is No. 1 in NFL history in passing yards and No. 2 in passing touchdowns.
However, in 2019, the Saints had yet another upsetting playoff loss, and Brees missed five games throughout the season. Because of this, people expected the future Hall of Famer to call it quits and retire.
Drew Brees, though, elected not to retire after the 2019 season, and — again — led the Saints to a ton of success in 2020.
He did, however, miss four games again, and the Saints ultimately lost in the divisional round to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. So, since they didn’t get to a Super Bowl or even a conference championship game, was returning really worth it for him?
It’s hard to say for sure. But his decision potentially kept Saints fans from celebrating a Super Bowl title during the 2020 season.
Tom Brady may have won a Super Bowl with the Saints in 2020
Tom Brady had a remarkable season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020 and eventually won his seventh Super Bowl.
However, he could have potentially won that title with the Saints.
“If [Drew Brees] hadn’t come back (in 2020), I really believe that there’s a chance that Tom Brady would’ve been the Saints’ quarterback this year,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter said on the Feb. 22 episode of The Rich Eisen Show.
Well, that’s interesting.
Sure, Drew Brees still played well in 2020. He did not play at the level Brady played at, though. Tom Brady threw for 4,633 yards, 40 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions, and then eventually led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a win in the Super Bowl.
Would Tom Brady have won that Super Bowl with the Saints had he gone to New Orleans? Obviously, we don’t know that for sure, but knowing how stacked the Saints’ roster is, there’s a pretty good chance that he would have.
Brees ultimately returned, though, so Saints fans are left wondering “what if.”
Will Drew Brees retire this offseason?
Somehow, we’re in the same position that we were in last year. We don’t know whether Drew Brees is going to retire or not.
The Saints reportedly restructured Drew Brees’ contract before the Super Bowl, according to CBS Sports. It reduced Brees’ cap hit from $36 million to $12 million, which can certainly help New Orleans build its roster around him but can also help their dead money situation if he retires.
Additionally, his running back, Alvin Kamara, recently spoke about his potential retirement on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.
“As far as his career goes and retiring or playing still, a lot of people ask me that and I just say, ‘Drew’s going to take his time and make the best decision for him,” he said, according to Sports Illustrated.
Many people expect Drew Brees to retire. Everyone thought that same thing last year, though. Time will ultimately tell. Hopefully, whatever his decision is, it doesn’t keep Saints fans from celebrating a Super Bowl again.
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