Perhaps to the dismay of Browns Tackle Joe Thomas, multiple reports have released this week saying that Drew Brees has every intent on being in a Saints uniform in 2018. Much to the pleasure of the Saints brass, I’m sure. Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton have both also expressed their confidence that Drew will remain a Saint next year as well.
There has been a lot of talk throughout the year regarding Brees’ future in New Orleans. None of which could be attributed to the rumored “decline” he was anticipated to face throughout last offseason. With a very successful 2017 year in the books for the Saints, it makes sense that number 9 wants to stick with it. An improved defense, stellar offensive line, unguardable wideouts, and an explosive running game behind him make New Orleans an even more enticing destination for the future Hall of Famer. All of that piled on top of his relationship with the Saints organization, the fans, and the best city in the world are surely factors that play into his desire to stay.
In 2017 Brees finished with 4,334 passing yards good for fourth in the league while playing in a run-heavy offense. He only finished 243 yards off of first (Brady). He also set the record for season completion percentage again with 72.0%, had the most 20+ yard completions with 72, and had the second best QB Rating of Quarterbacks with over 100 passing attempts- 103.9. He also eclipsed both 70,000 career passing yards and 6,000 career completions in 2017.
Looking ahead to 2018, Brees is very close to setting a few more career milestones. He’s only 12 touchdowns away from being the 3rd Quarterback to pass for over 500 scores. He is only 1,496 passing yards away from overtaking Peyton Manning’s 71,940 1st place career mark. Brees can also take the record for most career completions by connecting on just 78 more passes. We can reasonably expect these achievements to be accomplished next year, and now, it’s looking more and more likely that he’ll do so in black and gold.