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Saints fans continue to hold their breath when it comes to the future of Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees and whether he’s going to return to the playing field in 2021.
It’s been speculated for some time that Brees is going to retire after 20 seasons in the NFL, 15 of which he’s played in New Orleans after starting his career with the then-San Diego Chargers.
The team is in a bad way when it comes to their salary cap (over by $95 million), and on top of that, they have 21 free agents that they have to make decisions on for this upcoming season and beyond.
So what is taking Brees so long to make his decision?
The 42-year-old has gone 41-13 as a starter in the regular season the last four years in New Orleans, but it’s the postseason that has been the downfall of the franchise. This season, the team lost 30-20 to the eventual Super Bowl champion Buccaneers in the NFC Divisional round on January 17th.
It was just over two weeks ago that New Orleans coach Sean Payton said that the team is waiting on Brees and that he felt a decision would come in the next “week, week and a half.”
If that is the case, we once again should be getting some type of announcement from Brees soon, and once it’s made, the Saints are going to have to figure out their future right away.
The team could go from having one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the game to needing a quarterback and trying to keep the roster competitive nearly $100 million over the cap.
No matter, expect something from Brees to come down the pike sooner rather than later and for the Saints to finally be able to start planning for their real 2021 offseason.