Drew Brees plans to return to the New Orleans Saints for his 20th NFL season.
The 13-time Pro Bowl quarterback announced Tuesday on Instagram he will play again in the upcoming year.
“My feelings about the 2020 season! I look forward to the grind and the journey, for the reward at the end will be worth it!!!” Brees said. “Love you #WhoDatNation. Let’s make another run at it!”
Brees, 41, will become a free agent when the new league year begins March 18 if he has not agreed to a new contract with the Saints by that time. He did not reveal any details on Tuesday’s Instagram post about a possible contract with the team.
The announcement provides some needed clarity for the Saints, who also have decisions to make on backup quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill. Bridgewater, 27, is set to become an unrestricted free agent and could earn a starting opportunity elsewhere. Hill, 29, is a restricted free agent and could be retained even if another team signs him to an offer sheet.
Brees said after the Saints’ season ended with a wild-card loss to the Minnesota Vikings that he wanted to weigh his options for the future. Now set to be back in action for another year, he will try to fend off Tom Brady to maintain his NFL record for career passing yards (77,416) and touchdown passes (547). Brady is not far behind at 74,571 passing yards and 541 touchdown passes.
In 2019, Brees led the NFL with a 74.3% completion rate that finished second in NFL history to only his mark from the previous year. Though he missed five games early in the year due to a thumb injury, he was named the NFL’s offensive player of the month for December after throwing for 15 touchdowns without an interception in the final four games. He also set the single-game completion percentage record by connecting on 29 of 30 passes in a Week 15 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
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