Like the chatter around New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady‘s NFL future, there is equally just as much intrigue over what lies ahead of New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees on what he will do after the 2019 season. The talk has been as prevalent around Brady all season long, but same possibility lies around Brees as he’s set to enter the free-agent market next offseason. But the 40-year-old has no desire to step away from the game anytime soon, even if he wins one more Super Bowl.
Drew Brees’ NFL career
Since arriving in free agency to the Saints in 2006, Brees‘ career has taken a dramatic shift towards him being regarded as one of the greatest quarterbacks to play in the NFL.
Brees has played at a record-breaking pace in the last decade-plus as he has moved his way into becoming the all-time leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns. He also has numerous other NFL marks along the way as he has the most 5,000 passing yard campaigns (five), most seasons with at least 30 touchdown passes (10), and most consecutive games with a touchdown pass (54), among others.
He has achieved a great deal of success over his tenure with the Saints as he has eight playoff appearances, six NFC South division titles, three NFC title appearances, and a Super Bowl win. He has also helped lead the team to a .500 or better record nine times, and double-digit wins eight times.
Brees has shown some tremendous longevity with his high level of play throughout his career, but he’s well into the latter end of his playing days that have drawn questions concerning retirement. However, it doesn’t appear that the star quarterback will be stepping away any time soon.
Drew Brees looking to extend NFL career
Although there isn’t much dialogue around Brees possibly stepping away from the game after the 2019 season, the scenario is there. However, it’s one that was quickly shut down.
Before Sunday’s wildcard game against the Minnesota Vikings, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that those around the future Hall of Famer are saying that he wants to stay with the Saints and try to win at least two more Super Bowls before retiring.
“Talk to people close to Drew Brees and the say a couple of things. He wants to remain in New Orleans. The likelihood is they get together and figure something out after season…Then the question is what if Brees wins the Super Bowl would he walk away at 41-years-old, and I asked some close to him a couple days ago about that and the response what that he wants to win two (Super Bowls).”
Rapoport also indicated that Brees would look to ink a short-term deal with New Orleans or could venture to use the franchise tag. The desire is there to continue playing, which it’s on the Saints on whether they want to Brees back.
The simple answer there should be a yes, especially with Sean Payton at head coach and locked into a long-term deal. The two have been metaphorically tied to the hip together in New Orleans over the last decade and that pairing will extend even longer. Nonetheless, this signals that Brees will be around for a few more years.
Drew Brees’ NFL legacy
Regardless of what Brees decides to do at this point, his legacy is set as being one of the best quarterbacks in league history.
His ability to continue to play at an elite level into his 40s speaks to the extraordinary talent he has become over his NFL career. However, if he were to add a Super Bowl win or two to the back end of his career, it would move him up the echelon of where he ranks all-time at the position.
At his point, Brees can do nothing but add his legacy with any success he has over the remaining years in the NFL. His reputation may be set, but there is still more to be written about in his illustrious career.