Drew Brees and Tom Brady have been the center of many NFL debates throughout the years. From their humble beginnings to impressive record-setting skills, both quarterbacks have made remarkable names for themselves in the league. With the 2019 football season winding down, it only feels right to spend some time reflecting on these two football icons. Let’s look at where their careers have led them so far and what the future has in store for Drew Brees and Tom Brady.
Drew Brees’ career takes off with the Saints
Drew Brees’ reputation immediately began to blossom during his time at Purdue University. After leading the Boilermakers to a Rose Bowl and a Big Ten championship, he started his NFL career in San Diego with the Chargers.
From 2001 to 2005, he slowly but surely showed the public why he was Pro Bowl material, and in 2004 he was selected for the NFL all-star game for the first time. Still, the Chargers may have made a fatal mistake when they drafted a QB to replace Brees. When Brees arrived in New Orleans to play for the Saints after the 2005 season, his career took off.
Brees led his teammates to a Super Bowl victory and was later named the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year in 2010. In a 2019 game against the Indianapolis Colts, Brees broke the record for highest completion percentage in a game. There’s no question as to why this quarterback is often called the ageless wonder, just as is Tom Brady in New England.
Tom Brady has one of the best careers ever
Tom Brady landed in New England as a sixth-round pick in the 2000 NFL draft. His relatively mundane reputation after playing for the University of Michigan left football fans curious and interested to see what Brady would bring to the table.
He joined the Patriots as a back-up quarterback, but Brady finally got his big break after an unfortunate and infamous hit that took out Drew Bledsoe. With all eyes on Brady, he effortlessly got the team to the postseason and won his first Super Bowl over the St. Louis Rams.
Of course, the Super Bowl wins did not stop there. Tom Brady is the only NFL player to win six Super Bowl championships. Touchdown Tom and the Comeback Kid are just two of the well-deserved nicknames the quarterback has rightfully earned over the years. One of his nicknames entered the dictionary, even though it’s a nickname he hates. Talk about a football legend.
How do Brees’ and Brady’s contracts compare?
Drew Brees is currently in a two-year contract with the New Orleans Saints that he signed in 2018. The deal is valued at $50 million and puts a no-trade policy in place. The Saints have an out in the contract and can move on from Brees before the 2020 NFL season, but he carries a massive dead cap hit.
On the other hand, Tom Brady recently signed a two-year contract extension with the New England Patriots. The deal Brady entered will raise his annual salary by several millions of dollars. With this contract, Brady is on track to make $32 million in 2021. However, the last two years of the contract can void on March 17, 2020, which could make Brady a free agent looking for a new team.
Will Tom Brady or Drew Brees be better in 2020?
The 2020 NFL season will be here before you know it. Fans everywhere are wondering what to expect from Tom Brady and Drew Brees.
After 19 years in the league, Drew Brees’ game showcases all of his experience and none of his age. Sports commentary continues to highlight and discuss how spry Brees looks on the field. Despite his recent contract extension, Tom Brady’s future is looking questionable for the first time in a long time. During a 2019 game against the Chiefs, Brady sustained an elbow injury. Immediately, that caused a lot of speculation and rumors on what it means for his future. With both quarterbacks in their 40s, fans nervously and hopefully watch to see what the future has in store for them and how far both of their careers will go.
Brees’ fresh game moves and record-breaking skills are what is keeping him both relevant and legendary in the NFL in the league. The 2019 season put Brady and his skills to the test, and Brady’s age, finally, started to show. When considering a one-year window comparing the two QBs, Drew Brees seems like the one most poised to perform at a high level in 2020.