Drew Brees is gearing up for his 20th campaign eyeing to bring the New Orleans Saints their second Super Bowl win in franchise history. That has seen the team make notable moves to lock in their long-term future well beyond Brees’ remaining playing days. The Saints are making their way toward securing another prominent fixture for the long haul.
Drew Brees ready for 20th campaign
Following another disappointing playoff exit, Drew Brees this time around seriously contemplated retiring from the NFL.
Brees spent a couple of weeks filtering through his options that include a potential career as an NFL analyst. During that process, he locked himself into a future deal with NBC Sports to become an NFL analyst with NBC Sports. Brees also chose to return for his 20th season after agreeing to a two-year, $50 million deal with the Saints.
The 41-year-old is coming off another highly impressive campaign despite missing five games due to a torn ligament on his thumb. Brees is still performing at an elite level as the guiding force in the Saints’ offensive game plan. That should put the franchise in the position to find tremendous success in the 2020 season.
There is also another reason why Brees should be excited about New Orleans’ future.
Saints open extension talks with Alvin Kamara
The Saints have spent the last couple of offseasons working toward securing the core group of their roster.
Next up appears to be Pro Bowl running back Alvin Kamara, who is in the final year of his four-year rookie deal. With that in mind, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN is reporting that the Saints have begun contract talks with their star running back.
“Kamara and the New Orleans Saints have begun contract negotiations in earnest. There is nothing imminent, but the team has made clear with their proposal that they value him and they know he played hurt last year. They believe he is elite. Something can move here in the next few weeks.”
They presented him with a modest starting proposal that could lead to things being worked out quickly. Fowler did note that there may be a deal completed before the start of the 2020 season next month. Kamara has played a considerable part in their offensive puzzle as one of the league’s most dynamic running backs.
However, he has struggled with injuries, which the Saints realize has impacted his production. Kamara possesses a strong desire to stay with New Orleans for the long haul as he’s become a fixture in their offense. There isn’t any indication around how much the team will commit to him, but it’s safe to speculate that he will look to get somewhere near the record-breaking $16 million a season that Christian McCaffrey earned.
Saints’ 2020 season expectations
Regardless of how the contract talks play out, the Saints are in a promising position heading into the 2020 season.
New Orleans is pegged as one of the Super Bowl-contending teams in the stacked NFC. The NFC South just got tougher with Tom Brady joining the Tampa Buccaneers, but the Saints remain the toast of the division. They are coming off three straight division titles and back-to-back 13 win campaigns.
It will come down to Drew Brees continuing to showcase that he is an ageless wonder. Brees has spent the offseason working on increasing his arm strength with his deep ball to reach 60 yards in the air. The pieces are certainly in place for New Orleans to make a deep playoff run toward a Super Bowl berth in 2020.