When Drew Brees opens his 20th NFL season Sunday afternoon towards Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there’s each probability that this would be the New Orleans Saints quarterback’s final season.
For some time, the Saints thought the 2019 season was Brees’ final — particularly when Brees advised them after the Professional Bowl this previous February that he was planning to retire, sources advised ESPN.
Brees left Orlando, Florida, the location of the Professional Bowl, and met with tv networks, working as if his taking part in days had been over, in line with sources.
However finally, someday shortly earlier than or through the coronavirus pandemic, Brees modified his thoughts and determined to play, though New Orleans wasn’t sure that will be the case till the second week in March, in line with sources.
Realizing that Brees, 41, almost walked away from taking part in quarterback after final season, it is hardly a stretch to assume he’ll do the identical after this season. Brees already has agreed to affix NBC Sports activities as a soccer analyst when his taking part in days are over. Brees has operated on a year-to-year foundation with New Orleans.
Saints coach Sean Payton advised on ESPN’s Get Up through the offseason that this may be Brees’ “remaining season,” earlier than later calling himself a “huge dummy” for his phrase alternative, saying he does not know when Brees plans to retire.
Brees acknowledged this previous week that he is on “borrowed time,” saying he’s “turning it free and letting the chips fall the place they could” this season.
Brees is the NFL profession chief in passing yards (77,416) and landing passes (547). He repeatedly has stated that he believes he might play at a excessive degree by means of age 45 — however provided that he needs to maintain taking part in that lengthy. He has been taking that call “12 months by 12 months” for the previous a number of years.
ESPN’s Mike Triplett contributed to this report.