NFL 2021 The team is left in quicksand after the retirement of the quarterback
Drew Brees ended his 20-year NFL career. One of the most incredible stories in the league: A player who was not chosen in the first round of the Draft and ends up as the Historic leader in passing yards after recovering from serious shoulder injury in his last game with the Chargers. Miami was so concerned about that injury that it opted to sign Daunte Culpepper. Brees landed in New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina and traded the team and the city in one of the biggest signings in free agency history.
The Saints won their only Super Bowl with Brees as QB, but they seem to have missed a lot of opportunities and now they will have to pay the bills of leaving empty-handed despite serious investing.
New Orleans, especially since 2017, invested heavily in search of another trip to the Super Bowl. They aggressively signed and kept their stars with an unprecedented disregard for the salary cap., arriving each March with tens of millions over the salary cap, which they solved by changing contracts to move more money in recent years. Be trouble for the Saints next year. And the next. And the next. That year has already arrived and without the second Lombardi.
The Saints suffered four hard-to-digest eliminations in the last four seasons. The Minnesota Miracle. Letting go of a 13-0 lead against the Rams (the game remembered for the interference, but Brees and the attack left LA alive and Goff was better QB that day). The Vikings in overtime. Brady comes back after a fumble from Jared Cook when they were going to go up by double digits.
A few weeks ago, the team faced a bill of up to 65 million over the salary cap, which have been adjusting and according to the latest data from About the cap, They are still 17 million above. They could cut off some of their stars more, losing talent (Janoris Jenkins, Jared Cook, Emmanuel Sanders, Kwon Alexander, Thomas Morstead, PJ Williams, Jameis Winston, Alex Anzelone, Trey Hendrickson their free agents), and Now they don’t have the stability that Drew Brees gave them, although it was no longer the same as a decade ago.
Taysom Hill is their only quarterback on the roster, who is over 30 years old and has fewer than 15 scoring passes in his career. They could search retain Jameis Winston or sign another free agent, or look at the end of the first round of the Draft. Another alternative is to make it a year of rebuilding and look to run again in 2022.
At the end of the day New Orleans lived its best with Drew Brees, who leaves as one of the most successful quarterbacks in history, but who has just a ring. It seems little, but they could never repeat the formula: when they had great offenses, they had no defense; and the last few years the defense was better, Brees was directly responsible for not being able to return to the Super Bowl. Now, we will have to start again and without money. 2021 will not have the expectations of the last five years, although it may the entire economic issue will be solved in two or three seasons, when the new television contracts will arrive. By then will they be ready to fight? It sounds difficult that they can live up to expectations without Brees. Paint rebuild.