NFL Analyst Calls Drew Brees The Greatest Acquisition in NFL History

Published 04/13/2021, 11:56 AM EDT
TAMPA, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 08: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass during the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)


Drew Brees is one of the greatest quarterbacks to play in the NFL. Over the course of his near-2 decade long career, Brees amazed fans with his great intelligence and ability to lead the team.

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Since arriving in New Orleans, he transformed the Saints franchise into perennial contenders. Brees was a game-changer for the Saints. And one NFL analyst believes he is the greatest acquisition in NFL history.

NFL analyst Peter Schrager spoke on Good Morning Football today. He called Drew Brees the greatest acquisition in NFL history.

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Schrager talked about how Drew Brees transformed the New Orleans Saints from a low-performing team to a juggernaut in the NFL. And his time with the  Chargers was marred with bad luck, which is why he left, and almost joined the Miami Dolphins.

“Drew Brees was signed by the Saints, and he took a franchise that been for years a punchline to one of the best in the course of two decades. We know the story.

“He was in San Diego, they drafted Phillip Rivers, he has a shoulder injury in the final game of a regular season where they say ‘okay, you’re not good at throwing a football’.

“(He) goes and visits the Miami Dolphins, Nick Saban wanted him to be the quarterback. The trainer said you can’t sign this guy in good faith.” 

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Schrager added that Brees went to play for the Saints when no one wanted to. And since his arrival, the team has been very successful.

Schrager compared the numbers for the Saints in the 50 years before his arrival and the 14 years after. The comparison between the two eras shows how pivotal Brees was. This is why he is the greatest acquisition in NFL history.

“One team left, and there’s one team that no one wanted to play for and that’s the Saints, and it was a match made in heaven.

“Sean Payton sign Drew Brees, the rest is history. Before Brees got there, and then after Brees got there, the numbers are outstanding.”

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – DECEMBER 20: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints stretches before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 20, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

He added,  “This is over the course of 50 years, 7 winning seasons, 9 in the 14 seasons he played for them. Wins the only Super Bowl title that ever comes to them.

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“Drew Brees is not only the greatest free-agent acquisition of all time but maybe the greatest acquisition in NFL history.”

Is Drew Brees the greatest acquisition in NFL history? Schrager made some great points in his argument. However, there are several other signings in that same vein.

Perhaps if Tom Brady wins multiple Super Bowls with the Buccaneers before retiring, then his case will improve.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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