Drew Brees announces he will return to Saints in 2020
The New Orleans Saints are facing questions heading into the 2020 season like most other NFL teams, but who will be playing quarterback for them is no longer one of them.
Drew Brees announced in an Instagram post on Tuesday that he will continue playing next season. While he is technically set to become a free agent, the 41-year-old made it clear he will remain with the Saints.
“I look forward to the grind and the journey, for the reward at the end will be worth it!!! Love you #WhoDatNation. Let’s make another run at it!” Brees wrote.
Brees and the Saints likely already have a handshake agreement in place for the quarterback’s next deal. There was never a chance of Brees playing elsewhere in 2020, as he said last month that his two options are either retiring or playing in New Orleans.
Brees proved this season that he is still capable of playing at a very high level. He completed a whopping 74.3 percent of his passes and had a passer rating of 116.3, which was the highest mark of his career. He threw for nearly 3,000 yards with 27 touchdowns and four interceptions despite missing five games with a thumb injury. He recently indicated that he is open to giving up some of his snaps in 2020 if Sean Payton wants him to do that. Either way, the Saints can now focus on improving other areas of their team in free agency.