REPORT: Drew Brees “Strongly Considering” Retirement This Offseason

We know that if Drew Brees plays football next season, he will be doing it in a Saints uniform.

What we don’t know is IF he’ll be playing football next season.

The veteran New Orleans quarterback will make an announcement on his plans for the future in a few weeks, and according to ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio, Brees is “seriously considering” retirement.

Florio also noted that the Saints want the 41-year-old to return for a 20th NFL season, but want 2020 to serve as a transition year with Brees effectively passing the torch to backup and utility player Taysom Hill, who would presumably become the full-time starter in 2021. Teddy Bridgewater is likely to sign with a new team after hitting free agency.

“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.”

During Pro Bowl week, Brees said in an interview, “it’s not a given that I’m coming back every year” and said this will be the first offseason in which he can remember where he wasn’t confident he’d remain under contract with the Saints.

The exciting 21-year-old Hill played well in the team’s playoff loss this season, with some even feeling if they left him at QB instead of putting Brees back in toward the end of the game, the Saints would have beaten the Vikings.

Brees’ 2019 consisted of 2,979 yards, 27 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in 11 games.