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Drew Brees Announces He’s Returning to the Saints in 2020

It wasn’t long ago that Drew Brees stated that if he was to return to the game in 2020 that he would only do it for the Saints.

Tuesday he made the news official, he is coming back for a 20th season, and he’s going to do it again for New Orleans.

The veteran future Hall of Fame QB broke the news on Instagram Tuesday of his return.

The team will have to figure out what they are going to pay Brees, as his current contract voids before the 2020 league year begins.

The quarterback is scheduled to account for $15.9 million of the Saints’ cap as a result of past restructures and prorated pay to fit Brees’ salary.

There’s no doubt that he is going to account for a lot of the Saints cap, but that’s to be expected as he and the team figure out what’s best for both sides.

The Saints also now will need to figure out who is going to be Brees’ backup at the QB spot. It likely spells the end for Teddy Bridgewater, and Taysom Hill is a restricted free agent, but has already said he wants to be a franchise quarterback somewhere.

Could this be the last ride for Brees and the Saints? That remains to be seen, but for now fans should be happy that he’s coming back to make another run in 2020.

Can the Saints Figure Out a Way to Keep Taysom Hill (and Happy) Past 2020?

Taysom Hill was the best Saints player on the field the day of their final game of the season, a wild card home loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Saints fans have grown to love Hill for the many things he brings to the teams offense, but to think long term that he’s going to be in that position forever is a pipe dream.

Make no mistake, Hill has his eyes on one thing – playing quarterback and being a franchise quarterback for some team in the near future.

“I definitely view myself as a franchise quarterback,” Hill said to the Associated Press’ Rob Maaddi.

“I think as you look at the other questions: Is it New Orleans? Is it somewhere else? As you go into free agency, this is the time that you start to find out how people view you.

“We haven’t gotten into free agency long enough to really know how these guys view me and we’ll just handle it as it comes.”

Hill is a restricted free agent this spring, meaning that any offer a team makes him can be matched by the Saints, but if a team thinks he’s ready to be a franchise quarterback, the price tag that a team will give him almost for sure will be way out of the Saints range.

This free agency period for quarterbacks is going to be the most historical in NFL history, with the likes of possibly Tom Brady, Philip Rivers and even Dak Prescott entering free agency without a contract.

Hill says he would love to be the Saints franchise QB of the future, but that comes down to how much longer Drew Brees wants to keep playing.

“I have loved every second of my time (in New Orleans). So do I want to leave? The fact of the matter is no, I don’t,” Hill said.

“But as you look at free agency, you have to find the right opportunity for you. You have to find the situation to take care of your family. I want to play quarterback in this league, and if New Orleans don’t view me that way, well then I have to leave. That’s really where we’re at.”

Drew Brees Declares That He’ll Only Play for the Saints

If your team needs a quarterback and thinks they just might be able to land Saints potential free agent Drew Brees, think again.

The future Hall of Famer isn’t going anywhere, as he went on record Friday at the Pro Bowl saying to NFL.com that he has no interest in playing for another team.

“I have never been in the situation where I was mulling over the thought of [returning],” Brees said.

“To me, each one of these contracts, I don’t know how many it’s been with the Saints, I’ve played with them 14 years, it’s not a matter of if it gets done, it’s when. At this stage of my career, it’s not a given that I’m coming back every year, but when that time comes, I’ll always be a Saint.”

The 41-year-old is set to return for a 20th season in 2020, and will once again try to lead the Saints back to the Super Bowl.

Saints GM on Wanting Brees Back in 2020: “No Different Than it’s Been”

Though 2020 is set to be Drew Brees‘ age-41 season, it should be of no surprise that the Saints want the all-time great to remain in New Orleans., Grant Gordon of NFL.com reports.

General manager Mickey Loomis said as much on Wednesday from the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, indicating that the franchise wanted the all-time passing yards and touchdowns leader for as long as he wanted to keep on playing.

“No different than it’s been the last few years,” Loomis said per ESPN’s Mike Triplett.

An impending free agent with his contract automatically voiding on March 18, Brees rebounded from a thumb injury to key the Saints’ run to another NFC South title this past season.

“It’s easy to take him for granted yet I don’t take him for granted,” Loomis said of Brees.

Questions about Brees’ age were somewhat quelled when his play got better down the stretch of the season as he threw 16 touchdowns and no interceptions over his final five regular-season games, toppling Peyton Manning’s all-time TD record along the way.

“Look, if any of us are surprised at what he does,” Loomis said, “then we’re just not very smart.”

Saints Interested in a Contract Extension with CB Janoris Jenkins?

The Saints may be interested in working out a contract extension with cornerback Janoris Jenkins according to Rod Walker of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

The Saints claimed Jenkins off waivers from the New York Giants in Week 15 after Jenkins made an insensitive post on social media.

He was already on thin ice with the Giants but was still the only bright spot in their miserable secondary. Despite his falling out with the Giants, Jenkins still finished with five interceptions — tied for second most in the league-and played well on limited snaps with the Saints.

Jenkins helped keep Vikings receiver Stephon Diggs in check in Sunday’s 26-20 loss in the wildcard round of the playoffs. Diggs, who Jenkins shadowed in man-to-man coverage, finished with just two catches for 36 yards and was targeted five times.

No longer the shutdown corner he was with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams early in his NFL career and later with the Giants, the 31-year-old Jenkins is still one of the more competent corners in the league.

By claiming him off waivers, the Saints are on the hook for the $11 million Jenkins is owed on the final year of his current contract in 2020. An extension could significantly lower that cap number. If the Saints do decide to keep Jenkins, impending free agent Eli Apple will likely be deemed expendable.

Saints Coach Sean Payton Recalls the Team’s Final Drive and Clock Management

With their season in the balance, the Saints took over from their own 30-yard line with one timeout remaining, 1:55 on the clock and needing at least three points to tie the Vikings before the end of regulation.

The primary objective was to get into field goal range on the drive, hopefully with enough time left to take some realistic shots at the end zone. The Saints ended up getting those three points with two seconds to spare, but they also finished regulation without using their final remaining timeout.

The game went to overtime, the Vikings won the coin toss and ended the Saints season with a 75-yard touchdown drive on the extra period’s opening possession.

Meeting with reporters Tuesday, Saints coach Sean Payton explained his thought process during his team’s final drive of the season, Luke Johnson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune/Advocate reports.

“Well, No. 1, we valued the last timeout,” Payton said.

The Saints held onto it during their final sequence of plays in case they would need it at the end. Quarterback Drew Brees completed his first five passes on the drive, moving the Saints within kicker Wil Lutz’s field goal range, but only one of those plays stopped the clock.

By the time Brees spiked the ball after a 14-yard pass to Jared Cook moved the Saints to the Vikings 26-yard-line, New Orleans had already used up 1:34, leaving only 21 seconds. And that was also when they faced their toughest decision of the drive.

The Saints were penalized for a false start on the spike, as the offense was not fully set before Brees took the snap. In addition to the five yards, the penalty also cost the Saints a 10-second runoff, because it occurred inside the two-minute warning.

New Orleans could have avoided the 10-second runoff by using their timeout, but Payton said after discussing it with Brees both preferred to have 11 seconds with a timeout to having 21 seconds without one to ensure they’d have a chance at a kick.

“(The timeout) just gives you so much more freedom relative to play-calling,” Payton said. “We knew the field goal, No. 1, was paramount. The challenge though, is when you get down to what we had left on the clock, you’re going to see a much different type of defense in the end zone.

“I would have liked to have not had to make that decision (after the penalty), and when we’re clocking the football we need to obviously be set. … There was nothing earth shattering about what we chose to do there. There were some plays you would’ve liked to have had differently, but getting into that situation without a timeout is just a little bit trickier.”

Inactives for the Vikings-Saints NFC Wild Card Game

Here are today’s inactives for the NFC Wild Card Game in New Orleans between the Vikings and Saints.

Vikings: CB Mackensie Alexander, OT Aviante Collins, DE Hercules Mata’afa, OG Dru Samia, WR Laquon Treadwell, OT Oli Udoh, DE Eddie Yarbrough

Saints: CB Eli Apple, FS D.J. Swearinger, OL Ethan Greenidge, FB Zach Line, DE Noah Spence, LB Manti Te’o, C Will Clapp

Video: Saints and Vikings to Battle in Sunday’s NFC Wild Card Game

The Vikings and Saints go to war in the NFC Wild Card game on Sunday, here’s a preview from the NFL: