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New Orleans Quarterback Drew Brees Announces Retirement From NFL: What Does This Mean for the Saints?

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15 years ago, Drew Brees was a free agent and signed with the New Orleans Saints after being let go by the San Diego Chargers. Since joining the Saints, he’s been the New Orleans quarterback and has been part of so many records and also took New Orleans to two Super Bowls where he won Super Bowl XLIV against the Chicago Bears. Now, after a long journey in the NFL Drew Brees is hanging up the cleats.

New Orleans Quarterback Drew Brees Retires: Road to Greatness

San Diego Chargers (2001-2005)

In the 2001 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers drafted Brees in the second round with the 32nd overall pick. Draft analysts weren’t sure about Brees because he was shorter than an average quarterback. Drew competed against Doug Flutie.

Then in the 2004 NFL Draft, the Chargers traded for Philip Rivers who was drafted by the Giants in exchange for Eli Manning. The following year, Brees suffered a collarbone injury ending his season and his chargers career.

Rebuilding a Community

On March 14, 2006, Drew Brees signed with the Saints. During that time, New Orleans was going through a lot. First a new head coach in Sean Peyton and then rebuilding a community after Hurricane Katrina. Not to mention the franchise was in the NFL gutter and looking to move to San Antonio.

Drew Brees By the Numbers

Drew Brees has started 286 out of a possible 287 games. appeared in 18 postseason games, had 36 comebacks, and 53 game-winning drives in his career along with a Super Bowl ring to boot. Off the field, Drew has been to 13 pro-bowls, won the 2004 comeback player of the year, the 2006 Walter Peyton Man of the year award, the 2008 and 2011 offensive player of the year, and hopefully a first-ballot Hall of Famer five years down the line.

The 2002 NFL Quarterback Draft

In 2002, the year Brees was drafted, he was one of 11 quarterbacks that year. Those quarterbacks include Michael Vick, AJ Feeley, Sage Rosenfels, and Quincy Carter. All of them were really good quarterbacks, but we all know that Drew Brees is one of the best considering he played the longest and he also won one out of two possible Super Bowls.

What’s Next for Brees?

Now that Drew Brees is no longer in the National Football League trying to win Super Bowls and rewriting history in the history books Drew will take his football knowledge to the broadcast booth. Prior to the 2020 season, he signed a contract with NBC Sports to be an analyst for their Sunday Night Football coverage. No word on rather if he will replace Chris Collinsworth or someone from the “Football Night In America.” Whatever happens, I am sure he will do very well as he did on the football field.

Who Starts At Quarterback in 2021?

Now that Drew Brees is no longer in New Orleans, it’s a battle for the starting position for either Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill. Winston re-signed with the Saints to possibly earn the starting role. As for Hill, throughout his career, he has been used as a “gadget” running quarterback who sneaks and scrambles out of the pocket. It’ll be a position battle for the New Orleans quarterback position during this offseason between the two.

Congratulations to Drew Brees on an impressive 20-year career in the NFL. Here’s to hoping that retirement and your broadcasting career go well. See you in the Hall of Fame in 2026.

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MIAMI GARDENS, FL – FEBRUARY 07: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates after defeating the Indianapolis Colts during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

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Christopher Mabry is a sports fan who covers the NFL including the Dallas Cowboys.