|ADP:||Round: 9, Pick: 6|
|Team:||New Orleans Saints|
|Ht / Wt:||6'0" / 209 lb.|
|Born:||January 15, 1979|
|Drafted:||2001 / Rd. 2 (32)|
Brees is re-signing with the Saints on a two-year, $50 million contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: 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.
Analysis: 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.
Analysis: 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%) 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."
Analysis: 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 loss to the Vikings on Sunday.
Analysis: 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, losing a yard on one carry in the Saints' 42-10 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
Analysis: The longtime vet was at it again Sunday, delivering a flawless performance in the blowout victory. Brees finishes the year on a high note, after accounting for 23 total touchdowns to 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 lead his team to a Super Bowl before becoming a free agent in 2020.
Brees (knee) practiced fully Thursday.
Analysis: 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.
Analysis: 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.
Analysis: 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.
Analysis: 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.
Analysis: 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 as of late, accounting for 20 total touchdowns to just one pick across his last six games, going for 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.
Analysis: 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 touchdown-interception ratio on 75.8 percent passing in 2019. He'll face a tough test in Week 16 as the Saints travel to Tennessee to take on an upstart Titans defense, though Brees should remain locked into fantasy lineups for that contest.
Drew 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.
Analysis: 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 has still got plenty left in the tank, and he'll get a chance to keep the momentum going in 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.
Analysis: Brees finished with easily his worst game of the 2019-20 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.
Analysis: 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.
Analysis: After a touchdown-less performance in 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, Jr. 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 revealed in a radio interview Thursday that he'll need to wear a brace on his surgically repaired right thumb once he's cleared to play again, Jeff Nowak of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. "That's doctor's orders," Brees said.
Analysis: Sidelined since injuring his thumb in the Week 2 loss to the Rams, Brees indicated earlier this week that he's resumed throwing a regulation football, though he has yet to be cleared for practice participation of any kind. While Brees probably won't need much practice time to gear up for game action once doctors clear him to play, wearing the brace on his hand may require an adjustment period. Brees hasn't ruled himself out from playing Week 8 against the Cardinals, though the Saints' Week 9 bye makes a Nov. 10 return against the Falcons more realistic.
Brees (thumb) said in an interview Monday that he is throwing a regulation football and believes his rehab is ahead of schedule, Jeff Duncan of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Brees initially believed he could cut his initial six-week timeline to just five weeks, which would have him sidelined for Sunday's game against the Bears but returning the following game against the Cardinals. That appears to be a reasonable goal since he's throwing the football, but even the veteran quarterback admitted "his expectations are a bit aggressive." Teddy Bridgewater will remain the placeholder until Brees gets the all clear.
Brees (thumb) said in a radio interview Wednesday that his rehab is going as planned and noted he hopes to be throwing an NFL ball "sooner rather than later," Jeff Duncan of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Since undergoing surgery on his right thumb Sept. 18, Brees has been able to do some light gripping of the ball, but his ability to throw effectively and without any discomfort will provide a better gauge of where he stands in the recovery process. Following his procedure, Brees was handed a six-week timeline to return, though the quarterback has expressed optimism he'll be able to make it back in five weeks. If Brees meets his goal, Teddy Bridgewater would only have two more games left as the Saints' starting quarterback.
Brees said Sunday that he's making progress in his recovery from right thumb surgery and has been able to lightly grip a football in recent days, Ed Werder of ESPN reports.
Analysis: While the Saints should be encouraged that Brees has reported no complications 11 days following surgery, he still has multiple hurdles to clear in the recovery process before his return to action can be considered imminently. Specifically, New Orleans wants to ensure he can grip the ball firmly, throw accurately and protect the ball when hit by defenders before the team is comfortable bringing him back from the injury. With Brees' absence expected to linger for multiple weeks, Teddy Bridgewater will continue to shepherd the Saints offense.
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