Is Drew Brees Reconsidering Retirement Decision After Loss to Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

January 18, 2021 9:30 pm

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Divisional Round of the Playoffs. While Brees put on a show, he could not lead the Saints over the hump as Brady and company defeated the Saints to advance to the NFC championship game.

For Brees, many speculated ahead of the game that this could be his last hurrah as an NFL player. However, it appears as though now he is reconsidering his career plans.

After the game, Drew Brees spoke to the press and declared that he will take time with this important decision “I’ll answer this question one time.

“I’m going to give myself an opportunity to think about the season, think about a lot of things, just like I did last year, and make a decision.”

Many expected Drew Brees to announce his retirement after the game against the Buccaneers. But it appears as though he is taking his time with this decision. Brees has an NFL analyst position lined up for his post-retirement career and could consider his term in the NFL done and dusted.

Drew Brees not ready to retire?

Brees had a similar situation last season as well. During the off-season, Brees was rumored to announce his retirement. However, he decided to postpone his retirement and return to the Saints for another season. Many believed that it was so he could support the Saints’ backup quarterback Taysom Hill.

Dec 25, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) and quarterback Taysom Hill (7) sit together on the bench in the second half against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Brees got the chance to see Hill in action when he suffered a rib injury earlier in the season. During Brees’ absence, Taysom Hill proved to be more than capable in the starting quarterback role. And all seemed ready for Drew Brees to call time on his legendary NFL career. But now that may no longer be the case.

Will Drew Brees return to the New Orleans Saints’ next season? Other than his own ambition, there is little reason for Drew Brees to come back for another year.

He has done everything throughout his illustrious career, including being an MVP and Super Bowl winner. But if he is hungry for more success, we could see the legendary quarterback back in the Big Easy next year.

Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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. He still makes sporadic appearances on the show. During his undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts with a focus on International Relations, he wrote a thesis titled 'The Impact of Domestic and International Politics on Sports, Events, Organizations and Franchises'. When he isn’t writing about basketball or football, he is furthering his NBA MyCareer, attempting to surpass Bill Russell for rings in the game. He staunchly believes that Derrick Rose would be a Top-3 player today had he not gotten injured.

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