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Is Drew Brees retiring? What we know about Saints quarterback’s plans for 2021

Adam Schefter’s remark largely went unnoticed on a busy Sunday in Week 17, however the ESPN insider advised that these are the ultimate days of Drew Brees’ NFL profession.

Talking on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown, Schefter said, “Everyone expects after this season Drew Brees will retire.”

The Saints certified for the postseason because the NFC’s No. 2 seed and can host the Bears on Sunday, Jan. 10. That prolongs any query of Brees’ retirement till every time New Orleans’ playoff run is full. Brees, who turned 42 on Jan. 15, is in his twentieth NFL season, one by which he handled 11 fractured ribs and a collapsed lung. 

Here is what we all know proper now in regards to the prospect of Brees calling it quits.

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Will Drew Brees retire?

The premise for the Brees retirement hypothesis is that Schefter remark in Week 17: “Everyone expects after this season Drew Brees will retire.” 

Indicators earlier than the season pointed to Brees doubtlessly sticking round for 2 years, with him signing a two-year cope with the Saints earlier than the 2020 season. That got here after there was already curiousity surrounding the thought of a Brees retirment following the 2019 season.

The accidents Brees handled in 2020 could possibly be a part of the affect on such a choice. A giant hit from the 49ers in Week 10 fractured 11 of Brees’ ribs and collapsed one in every of his lungs. He did not return to motion till Week 15, and even then, he laughed at a reporter who requested if he was one hundred pc.

Since his return from that harm, Brees threw for 3 touchdowns in two separate video games whereas throwing for 311 yards within the one sport he did not throw a landing in. His arm power has dropped off late in his profession, though that wasn’t essentially his calling card to start with.

If not for Tom Brady nonetheless going robust at 43 years outdated, Brees can be the gold customary for quarterback play in his 40s. Previous to 2020, Brees led the NFL in completion proportion in three consecutive years, twice setting the brand new NFL single-season report. When his receivers are wholesome and he will get safety up entrance, Brees can definitely nonetheless play.

A Brees retirement resolution could possibly be impacted by what the Saints accomplish within the 2021 playoffs. A run to the Tremendous Bowl might impression the ultimate name, in some way. However Schefter’s language in his report was definitely robust — now it simply comes right down to what Brees expects himself to do.

Drew Brees NBC contract

Making issues doubtlessly simpler for Brees is the contract he is bought to affix NBC following his retirement. NBC reportedly received the bidding warfare for Brees in April over Fox and ESPN.

In accordance with reports, NBC has Brees lined as much as be a sport analyst on the community’s Notre Dame broadcasts on Saturdays after which a studio analyst for NBC’s “Soccer Night time in America” on Sundays. 

If Brees certainly retires, he’ll get a full-circle second very early in his tenure calling Notre Dame. On Sept. 18, 2021, the Preventing Irish host Purdue. That is Brees’ alma mater. 

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