Drew Brees turned 35 in January, and will be entering his 14th NFL season this fall, but the eight-time Pro Bowler has no plans to retire anytime soon, as Brett Martel of The Associated Press writes. With three years remaining on his current deal with the Saints, Brees would like to play out that contract and then sign at least one more.
“Do I hope I can play into my 40s? Yes, I do,” Brees said. “As long as I’m healthy and playing at a high level, then why not?” Brees added. “I certainly don’t take it for granted and know that obviously you’ve got to prove yourself every year.”
While NFL players typically don’t thrive in their late-30s, quarterbacks are often the exception, as Peyton Manning exhibited last year with a record-setting season at age 37. Brees is in the midst of the best stretch of his career, having thrown for more than 5,000 yards in three straight years and earned Pro Bowl berths in each of the last six seasons. Assuming he stays healthy, there’s no reason to think he won’t continue to be one of the NFL’s top signal-callers.
Although Brees’ current contract doesn’t expire until after the 2016 season, it will be interesting to keep an eye on whether the Saints will be able to absorb his upcoming cap hits. In 2015, Brees’ cap numbers jumps from $18.4MM to $26.4MM, and it will increase a little more to $27.4MM in 2016. An extension may be necessary at some point to help to alleviate the impact those figures have on New Orleans’ cap.