REPORT: Drew Brees is “Seriously Considering Retirement” This Offseason
Drew Brees may not decide on his 2020 plans for another few weeks, but the New Orleans Saints already know what they would like to happen at the quarterback position going forward.
ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio reported on Tuesday that Saints QB Drew Brees is “seriously considering” retirement.
He also reported on Tuesday that the Saints want want the 41-year-old Brees to return for a 20th NFL season, but they want 2020 to serve as a transition year, with Brees effectively passing the torch to backup and utility player Taysom Hill, who would then fully take over under center in 2021.
“Even if Brees comes back,” Florio said, “Hill will be used much more extensively as part of the team’s offense in 2020 — especially in light of some private regret that, if Hill had been utilized just a little bit more in the wild-card loss to the (Minnesota) Vikings, the Saints quite likely would have won the game.”
In the lead-up to Sunday’s Pro Bowl — Brees said “it’s not a given that I’m coming back every year” and noted that this will be the first offseason he can remember where he wasn’t confident he’d remain under contract with New Orleans.
Taysom Hill, the 29-year-old BYU product, scored a career-high seven touchdowns in 2019, but has only thrown 13 career passes thus far.
It should be noted that the Saints also have Teddy Bridgewater under contract, but he is scheduled to hit free agency in March. The former Vikings starter went 5-0 filling in for an injured Brees in 2019.
Brees played in 11 games in 2019 and racked up 2,979 yards, 27 touchdowns and four interceptions.