Brees intends to take his time before deciding whether to return in 2021 or hang up his cleats, Mike Triplett of ESPN reports. Brees, who turned 42 just two days before Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Buccaneers in the NFC divisional round, hasn't yet officially announced a decision about his future in the NFL, but it's been widely speculated that he'll choose to end his storied career this offseason. Such rumblings have only grown louder after Brees' rough three-interception showing against Tampa Bay, a performance which cemented the fact that the aging veteran's arm strength and mobility have noticeably diminished, even if his processing speed remains as acute as ever. If the future Hall of Famer indeed decides to call it a career, Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston could end up competing for the starting job, though only Hill currently is under contract with the Saints for 2021.
Brees completed 19 of 34 pass attempts for 134 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions in Sunday's NFC divisional-round loss to Tampa Bay. Brees was unable to push the ball downfield (3.9 yards per attempt) -- as has been the case all season -- but he had the Saints in position to advance to the next round until he threw his third interception in the fourth quarter that ultimately sealed his team's fate. Tampa Bay's defense came at the future Hall of Famer as advertised, applying pressure with extra rushers and forcing the immobile veteran to get rid of the ball quickly and, at times, inaccurately. The 42-year-old was unable to connect with top wideout Michael Thomas for the first time in a game in which both players played all four quarters during their five years together. Lots of credit for Brees' rough outing should be given to the Buccaneers' defense and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, but the aging quarterback's untimely turnovers put Tampa's offense in very favorable field position on multiple occasions. Rumblings of Brees' potential retirement grew louder after his disappointing play in the season-ending loss, but he remained mum on the subject after the game. If the living legend should return for the 2021 season (he is scheduled to make $25 million in the last year of his current contract), fantasy managers shouldn't let the name on the back of his jersey fool them into thinking he can turn back the clock in terms of production. Brees doesn't possess the arm strength, pocket mobility or deep accuracy he once had in his prime, so expectations should be held in check if he decides to give it another go.
Brees completed 28 of 39 pass attempts for 265 yards and two touchdowns in the Saints' 21-9 win over the Bears on Sunday. He also added three carries for two yards. The veteran signal-caller played a highly-conservative game, dinking and dunking all afternoon while delivering touchdown strikes of 11 yards to Michael Thomas and six yards to Latavius Murray. Brees will look to lead his team on a deep playoff run in what is believed to be his final season, and the Saints will host the Buccaneers in the NFC divisional round next week. In two regular-season wins against Tampa Bay, Brees provided 382 passing yards, six passing touchdowns and no picks.
Brees completed 22 of 32 pass attempts for 201 yards and three touchdowns during Sunday's 33-7 win over the Panthers. Brees averaged a modest 6.3 yards per attempt but made up for it by completing 69 percent of his passes and notching three TDs for the fourth time this season. The veteran missed four games and had another cut short due to injury in addition to operating without Michael Thomas (ankle) for most of the campaign, but he still finishes with an impressive 24:6 TD:INT to go along with 2,942 yards. Brees should have all his weapons available for the upcoming wild-card round matchup with the Bears and will look to make another deep run in what could be the last postseason of his career.
Brees completed 19 of 26 passes for 311 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in the Saints' 52-33 win over the Vikings on Friday. He also netted minus-3 yards on three rushes. The future Hall of Famer's TD:INT ratio was far from pretty, but the good news was Brees was considerably sharper from an efficiency standpoint than in his return from injured reserve against the Chiefs in Week 14. The 41-year-old averaged a robust 12.0 yards per attempt despite operating without Michael Thomas and Tre'Quan Smith, who are both on injured reserve with ankle injuries. Brees also crossed the 300-yard threshold for only the second time this season, and he'll have one more chance to knock off any rust and get closer to full health before the postseason when the Saints tangle with the Panthers in a Week 17 road matchup.
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