Throughout the early goings of the offseason, there were plenty of questions concerning the long-term future of star quarterback Drew Brees with the New Orleans Saints. Brees played the final year of his two-year, $50 million deal and hadn’t indicated he would be back in the mix for another year. That has since changed as he has voiced he will be back for his 20th season in the league. Things look to have taken an even more promising turn with his contract situation with the Saints ahead of free agency.
Drew Brees declares return for 2020 season
The Saints fell to another disappointing playoff loss this time against the Minnesota Vikings in the wildcard round.
That immediately pushed scrutiny over what Brees has planned next in his NFL career. The 41-year-old had steered towards an undecided route early on in the offseason but did come to a decision last month where he voiced his return through an Instagram post.
It puts Brees back on the field for his 20th campaign, which would be his 15th year with the Saints. He’s coming off another productive season despite missing five games due to a torn ligament in his right thumb as he posted 27 touchdowns to four interceptions on a 74.3% completion rate with 2,979 passing yards.
Brees could be on track to become the first player with 80,000 career passing yards next season to add to him already being the all-time leader in passing yards and touchdown passes. Nonetheless, the pot may have gotten a bit sweeter for the Saints regarding their future Hall of Fame quarterback.
Drew Brees’ contract discount?
Since Brees announced that he would be returning for the 2020 season, he has made it quite clear that he plans to re-sign with the Saints.
He has no desire to join another team despite him not having a new contract in place. On top of that, Brees is expected not to ask for a lucrative deal that would make him one of the highest-paid quarterbacks on his next contract, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
“For my understanding with this contract, Brees is not expected to demand top dollar. I would expect a contract more in line with what he made last year. That is probably going to allow the Saints to sign one more free agent.”
That would put Brees in the ballpark of receiving a deal that is worth around $25 million annually. At this point, there is no notion of how many years he will commit to on his next contract, but it does give clarity in terms of the financial figure.
It could be vital in helping the Saints bring in another free agent on the open market to help them compete for a Super Bowl next season. More importantly, it shows that Brees is willing to do what it takes to add another Super Bowl to resume before he finally steps away from the game.
What to expect from Drew Brees in 2020 season
Brees will be in his 20th season, but there isn’t any clarity on what to expect from his performance on the field.
His thumb injury aside, he still looked like a highly capable quarterback last year as he was a guiding force to the Saints earning yet another NFC South division title. Brees will likely continue to lean on his strong connection with star wide receiver Michael Thomas in the passing game. At the same time, Alvin Kamara could play a more prominent role after an injury-plagued campaign.
Brees’ return should see the Saints stay in the picture as a legitimate Super Bowl contender next season.