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The New Orleans Saints continue to sit on pins and needles about the future of quarterback Drew Brees. Will he announce his retirement or decide to give it one more go and return for a 21st season in the NFL?
Coach Sean Payton said that he expects to get a decision from Brees in the near future so the team can start to make decisions for 2021 and beyond.
One player who wants to see Brees return is linebacker Demario Davis. On Friday, Davis expressed hope that Brees will decide to come back to the team next season.
“I sure hope so. I would feel much better if I could guarantee that he was,” Davis told NFL Network.
“But I guess the only way I could be able to guarantee [a comeback] was if one of y’all said something reckless, like, ‘He’s finished,’ or something, then I could guarantee he’s coming back. But I sure hope so.”
The cap ramifications of Brees coming back is something that the Saints will have to consider, as he is due a salary of $25 million for 2021, but a return would push his overall cap number to $36.15 million.
That’s a huge number, considering the Saints have 21 free agents to deal with. They are also currently $95 million over the projected 2021 salary cap, so the team has a lot of work to do, no matter what Brees decides.
The team does have other QB options as well. Payton has been vocal about the team having interest in bringing back former first overall pick Jameis Winston after a season in which he served as backup to Brees.
The team also has Taysom Hill, who got a couple starts under center when Brees when down with rib injuries. Hill played well in two wins over the Atlanta Falcons mixed and a win over Denver before a setback to the Philadelphia Eagles.