Brees is re-signing with the Saints on a two-year, $50 million contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Brees made it clear he had no interest in joining a new team, so it was just a matter of working out contract details once he decided to play in 2020. The Saints will bring back most of their key players on offense, including Alvin Kamara, Latavius Murray, Michael Thomas, Tre'Quan Smith, Jared Cook and at least four out of five starters on the offensive line.
Brees announced he will return for the 2020 season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Brees technically is on an expiring contract but already made it clear he won't play for any team besides the Saints, so it's only a matter of time until financial details are worked out. The Saints have most of their 2019 offensive nucleus under contract for 2020, including Alvin Kamara, Latavius Murray, Michael Thomas, Tre'Quan Smith, Jared Cook and four out of five starters on the offensive line. Meanwhile, Teddy Bridgewater is expected to search for a new team, potentially allowing Taysom Hill to step up to the No. 2 quarterback spot.
Brees said Saturday that he'll decide within "a month or so" whether he wants to play a 20th NFL season in 2020, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
After attempting 600 or more passes during a seven-year stretch from 2010 through 2016, Brees has taken on more of a caretaker role for New Orleans over the past three campaigns, but he's been exceptional in that capacity. Though he missed five games in 2019 after undergoing thumb surgery, Brees still led the NFL for the third straight season in completion percentage (74.3 percent) while generating 7.9 yards per attempt and a 27:4 TD:INT. An impending unrestricted free agent, Brees indicated he would only return to New Orleans in 2020 if he doesn't choose to retire, and Saints general manager Mickey Loomis has already said that the team would "obviously" welcome the signal-caller back. In the event Brees decides to step away from the game, the Saints would head into the spring with no quarterbacks on the roster. Backups Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill are also scheduled to hit free agency in March, though Hill is a restricted free agent.
Brees told NFL Network's Jane Slater that he'll re-sign with the Saints unless he decides to retire. "At this stage of my career, it's not a given that I'm coming back every year," Brees said. "But when that time comes, I'll always be a Saint."
Brees doesn't sound like a man on the verge of retirement, though a second Super Bowl ring might have pushed him in that direction. As is, the Saints are coming off an opening-round playoff loss to the underdog Vikings, sitting in good position to bring back most of the key pieces from a 13-3 team. Overthecap.com has the Saints projected for $11.8 million of cap space, but the number shoots up to $30.9 million if they cut CB Janoris Jenkins and LB Kiko Alonso. On the offensive side, Brees is joined by WR Ted Ginn, LG Andrus Peat and FB Zach Line with expiring contracts.
Brees completed 26 of 33 pass attempts for 208 yards, one touchdown and an interception in the Saints' 26-20 overtime wild-card loss to the Vikings on Sunday.
He also lost a fumble. It was a bitter ending to the season for the veteran signal-caller, as the Saints have now been eliminated from the playoffs on the final play of the game for three straight seasons. Over the final four regular-season contests of 2019, Brees tossed 15 touchdowns without recording an interception, completing 75.4 percent of his passes and averaging 297 yards per tilt. The performance in the wild-card loss certainly comes as a surprise based on that recent stretch, but Minnesota's defense was stifling all afternoon. Brees will be an unrestricted free agent in 2020, and the soon-to-be 41-year-old is not a lock to be back in New Orleans next season. Given his high-caliber play and veteran leadership, however, it wouldn't be surprising for him to ink another short-term deal.
Brees completed 19 of 30 pass attempts for 253 yards and three touchdowns while losing a yard on one carry in the Saints' 42-10 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
The seasoned vet was at it again Sunday, delivering an impressive performance in the blowout victory. Brees finishes the year on a high note after accounting for 23 total touchdowns and just one pick over the Saints' final seven games, throwing for at least three passing scores in six of those contests. After back-to-back heartbreaking losses in the playoffs, Brees will have at least one more postseason to attempt to lead the Saints to a Super Bowl before becoming a free agent in 2020.
Brees (knee) practiced fully Thursday.
As observed by Katherine Terrell of The Athletic earlier Thursday, Brees looked like his usual self, which was confirmed on the Saints' second Week 17 injury report. Coach Sean Payton noted Brees may have to wear a sleeve to alleviate some inflammation in his knee, according to Terrell. No matter, the issue won't impact Brees' ability to suit up Sunday in Carolina.
Brees (knee) is practicing Thursday as he normally would, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.
Brees was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's practice estimate. The development was the result of some inflammation in his knee, coach Sean Payton told Terrell, but the decision to include him on the report was merely precautionary. Considering how he looked in the portion of Thursday's session open to the media, Brees is a decent bet to upgrade to 'full'.
Though Brees was listed as limited on Wednesday's practice estimate due to some inflammation in his knee, coach Sean Payton indicated that the QB is "fine," Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.
We'll have to see if Brees is still listed as limited Thursday, when the Saints go through a full practice, but at this stage there's nothing to suggest that his status for Sunday's game against the Panthers is in any danger.
The Saints listed Brees as a limited participant on Wednesday's estimated practice report with a knee injury.
New Orleans only conducted a walk-through session Christmas Day, but Brees' reps apparently would have been capped had the team held a traditional practice. In any case, the knee issue isn't believed to be anything that will truly threaten his availability for the Saints' Week 17 matchup with the Panthers. Currently holding the No. 3 seed in the NFC, New Orleans could still earn a first-round bye in the postseason with a win of their own plus a 49ers or Packers loss or a loss of their own plus losses by both the Packers and Seahawks. With that in mind, Brees isn't expected to be rested in the regular-season finale.
Brees completed 27 of 38 pass attempts for 279 yards and three touchdowns in the Saints' 38-28 win over the Titans on Sunday.
The ageless wonder continued his late-season surge, picking apart a competent Titans defense and leading the Saints to a win after falling behind 14 points early. Brees has been white-hot of late, accounting for 20 total touchdowns to just one pick across his last six games and averaging 276 yards per game while completing 75.9 percent of his passes. In that span, he's failed to throw three touchdowns only once. The veteran signal-caller gets a chance to finish the season strong in an exploitable matchup with the Panthers in Week 17.
Brees completed 29 of 30 pass attempts for 307 yards and four touchdowns in the Saints' 34-7 win over the Colts on Monday.
Brees became the all-time passing touchdowns leader Monday, finishing the day with 541 scores to his credit -- two more than previous record-holder Peyton Manning. The historic 540th touchdown came on a five-yard strike to tight end Josh Hill midway through the third quarter. Brees also set the mark for completion percentage in a single game (96.7) on a healthy 30 attempts, adding another impressive note to his already prolific resume. The 40-year-old quarterback continues to dazzle with his accuracy and decision-making, and he sports a robust 21:4 TD:INT with a 75.8 percent completion rate in 2019. He'll face a tough test in Week 16 as the Saints travel to Tennessee to take on an upstart Titans defense.
Brees completed 29 of 40 pass attempts for 349 yards and five touchdowns, adding a one-yard rushing touchdown in the Saints' 48-46 loss to the 49ers on Sunday.
Brees rebounded from last week's dud with an enormous stat line against one of the league's best defenses. He kicked off the scoring early, tossing three touchdowns to his tight ends in the first quarter before diving over the top of the pile on fourth-and-goal for his fourth score in the second quarter. As has been the case throughout his career, he came through huge in the fourth quarter, leading two more touchdown drives inside the final six minutes of the game, though some late heroics by George Kittle and an ill-advised facemask penalty ultimately cost New Orleans the win. The 40-year-old quarterback still has plenty left in the tank, and he'll get a chance to keep the momentum going Week 15 against a Colts team that was just shredded by Tampa Bay for 38 points.
Brees completed 18 of 30 pass attempts for 184 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions, losing one yard on his lone rushing attempt in the Saints' 26-18 win over the Falcons on Thursday.
Brees finished with easily his worst game of the 2019 campaign, failing to pass for at least 200 yards in a full game for the first time all season. Brees also matched a season-low in completion percentage (60) among games that he finished. The veteran signal-caller has played solid football since returning from a thumb injury in Week 8, and it was discouraging to see this kind of performance against a below-average Falcons defense. Things won't get any easier for the quarterback in Week 14 when the Saints face the 49ers in an important NFC showdown.
Brees completed 30 of 39 pass attempts, throwing for 311 yards, three touchdowns and one interception during Sunday's 34-31 win against the Panthers.
The 12-time Pro Bowl signal-caller has been his typically dominant self since returning from the thumb injury that cost him five games earlier this year, completing 76.5 percent of his pass attempts and throwing to a 9:2 TD:INT since Week 8. Brees remains a top-shelf fantasy option heading into his Week 13 matchup against Atlanta, as he will be facing a Falcons defense Thanksgiving night that surrendered 313 passing yards and three touchdowns to Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston on Sunday.
Brees completed 28 of 35 passes for 228 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Saints' 34-17 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also netted zero yards on his three rushes.
After a touchdown-less performance Week 10 against the Falcons, Brees bounced back nicely against the soft target of the Buccaneers' defense Sunday. The future Hall of Famer connected with Jared Cook, Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn for his three scores, while his 80.0 percent completion rate was a season high. Brees' 35 pass attempts were actually a low-water mark in any non-injury-shortened game this season, but that was a byproduct of a game script that saw New Orleans progressively separate in the second half. Having righted the ship, Brees will look to stay hot versus another division rival in the Panthers in Week 12.
Brees completed 32 of 45 pass attempts for 287 yards, with zero touchdowns and zero interceptions during Sunday's 26-9 loss to the Falcons.
It's not often that a team is able to hold New Orleans' offense out of the end zone for an entire game, but that is exactly what Atlanta's defense achieved against Brees and the Saints' attack. Excluding the Week 2 loss to the Rams in which Brees was forced to exit with a thumb injury, Sunday's performance marks just the second time since Week 5 of last season that an opponent was capable of keeping the 12-time Pro Bowler without a touchdown throw. Brees has a strong chance of getting back on track in Week 11, with the Saints taking on a 32nd-ranked Tampa Bay pass defense that surrendered 324 passing yards and three touchdowns to Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray on Sunday.
Brees expects to wear a splint on his right thumb for the foreseeable future, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.
After missing five games following surgery to repair a torn UCL in the thumb, Brees returned to action Week 8 against the Cardinals, putting up 373 yards, three touchdowns and one interception on 34-for-43 passing. He didn't suffer any residual effects or even swelling in the region following the contest, but he nonetheless will play with the splint moving forward. Brees practiced in full Wednesday, so he's set to tee off again Sunday against the Falcons' 23rd-ranked pass defense (261.1 yards per game).
Brees (thumb) completed 34 of 43 passes for 373 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in the Saints' 31-9 win over the Cardinals on Sunday.
As his final line implies, Brees' return was a rousing success, and despite it being his first game since Week 2, coach Sean Payton showed no hesitation in letting his star quarterback air it out early and often. Brees showed his connection with Michael Thomas was as healthy as ever by connecting with his star wideout on 11 occasions, and he managed to hook up with nine different pass catchers on the afternoon overall. According to John Hendrix of WDSU-TV, Brees wore a hard plastic splint on the thumb Sunday and doesn't expect any residual soreness Monday, given how careful he was in his rehab. Brees will look to return even healthier Week 10 against the Falcons following the Saints' bye week.
Brees (thumb) is listed as active Sunday against the Cardinals, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Despite a bye week on the horizon Week 9 and the Saints going 5-0 with Teddy Bridgewater under center, Brees has been given clearance to return earlier than expected. Dianna Russini of ESPN reported Brees isn't 100 percent, as a full three months is required to recover fully from surgery on a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb. It's unclear if Brees will wear a splint on the appendage in question, though Russini noted he had black tape around the thumb during a pregame warmup. Brees won't have Alvin Kamara (ankle/knee) at his disposal, but the veteran signal-caller will be attempting to continue what Bridgewater maintained versus Arizona's 25th-ranked pass defense.
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