On Wednesday, Saints quarterback Drew Brees secured his future with the team after he signed a five-year deal with $44.25 million guaranteed. The new contract silenced any rumors of Brees signing with another team at the end of the season. If Brees opted for free agency, I believe that teams such as the Jets, Bills and possibly the Broncos would have tried to lure the future Hall of Famer away from the Saints.
Now that those rumors are put to rest, the Saints are now able to build a competitive roster around Drew Brees. According to reports, Drew Brees cap number is expected to drop from $30 million to $17.25 million this season. The Saints primary concern should be building a solid defense that would be able to compliment the Saints high powered offense.
There will be guys like Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler, who might be allowed to walk away from the team after this season. If you know anything about Bill Belichick and the Patriots organization, you see that they “fall in like” with their players and not “fall in love” as Colin Cowherd would say. Butler could be a player Belichick may like, but not willing to resign to a huge deal.
The Saints also need to address to offensive line issues that have plagued the team for the last couple of seasons. In the preseason, we saw how bad the Saints o-line looked in all four of their preseason games. Even with an average o-line, Brees has put up some stellar numbers, however; at the age of 37, the key to keeping a quarterback healthy is a strong offensive line.
How do you think Tom Brady can remain competitive for all of these years? Even though the Saints have resigned Brees to a new contract which is nearly a year to year deal, they still need to find his heir apparent. In the 2017 NFL Draft, there is not a lot of viable options at the quarterback position.
Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson is expected to be the first quarterback taken in the 2017 NFL Draft. The Saints don’t have a shot at taking Watson unless they get involved in the tanking business, but we know that Sean Payton will not go for anything like that.
The next viable option at the quarterback position in the upcoming draft is Chad Kelly, Brad Kaya, and C.J. Beathard. Beathard could be the guy that the Saints will likely pursue in next year’s draft. Now that Brees will be in a Saints uniform in the foreseeable future, it’s time for the team to make that final Super Bowl run before he hangs up the cleats forever.
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