Drew Brees is keeping everyone guessing. While many have expected the New Orleans Saints quarterback to announce his retirement from the NFL, things may be shifting in another direction. On Saturday, fitness trainer Todd Durkin posted an intense workout by Brees. Durkin added a couple of captions that may hint all is not done yet with Brees.
Drew Brees expected to retire
Drew Brees saw his career likely come to an end in a manner the New Orleans Saints are all too familiar with. It was during another heartbreaking loss in the postseason as the Saints came up short again in the playoffs. The New Orleans Saints had defeated Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers twice during the regular season and were hosting them for the third time. The third time was not a charm for Brees and the Saints.
When the game ended, it appeared to be Brees’ final one after 20 years in the NFL. The speculation was the 42-year-old Brees would head into retirement after spending the last 15 years in New Orleans. Brees began his pro career with the San Diego Chargers. He spent five seasons in San Diego.
Much of the talk in New Orleans this offseason has been about who would replace Brees. Would it be veteran Jameis Winston who was the first overall pick in the 2015 draft? Winston spent five years in Tampa before becoming a backup to Brees last year. Or will it be the versatile Taysom Hill, who was used in third-down situations as both a quarterback and running back?
Brees is a first-ballot Hall of Famer
Drew Brees played his college football at Purdue. He was a second-round pick in the 2001 NFL draft. The San Diego Chargers selected him with the first pick in Round 2, the 32nd overall choice. He was the second quarterback taken in the draft behind Michael Vick, who went No. 1 overall.
Brees struggled early with the Chargers. He appeared in one game his rookie season before taking over the starting job in his second season. He didn’t put together his first winning season until his fourth year in the league when he went 11-4 in his 15 games and made the first of his 13 Pro Bowls.
Brees hooked on with the New Orleans Saints in 2006 and went 10-6, making his second Pro Bowl. Beginning with the 2008 season, Brees was named a Pro Bowler for seven straight seasons. Brees led the league in passing yardage seven times and was tops in touchdown passes four times. He’s a Super Bowl champion and was named AP Offensive Player of the Year in 2008 and 2011.
Could Brees be coming back?
Maybe he’s just working extra hard to keep in shape, but Drew Brees continues to put in the work. It’s been a month since the Saints’ season has ended and there’s been no announcement on Brees’ retirement. On Saturday, fitness trainer Todd Durkin posted a video on his Instagram page of Brees pushing a weighted sled, according to The Sporting News.
On the video, Durkinused the hashtag #HesNeverDoneThat. He also added the comment “Not sure why he’s so cra-cra today but something must be brewing.”
The Saints restructured Brees’ deal to reduce his cap hit in 2021 from $36.15 million to $12.225 million. That would seem to indicate he was in retirement mode. The fact Brees is working out like a maniac and hasn’t officially notified the team of retirement plans may indicate otherwise.