UPDATE: Brees says family is on his mind as he weighs retirement

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 05: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints looks on after losing in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 05, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS (WWL-TV) — (1/31/20) Drew Brees is making the rounds in Miami before the Super Bowl and the question every reporter has to ask is will he be back next season.

Friday morning, Brees sat down with USAToday Sports and gave new insight on what’s on his mind.

“When the time comes, it’s a tough decision,” Brees said. “There’s a lot that goes into it. It’s not just a simple you wake up one day and you know. I think there’s a process that goes into it, especially when you play this long.”

Brees said the biggest factor in his decision will be his family. In the brief gap between the end of the Saints season and the Super Bowl frenzy Brees said he’s been spending most of his time with his children.

“I’ve been enjoying time with my family. My kids are heavily involved in sports so being a part of their lives — it’s great,” he said. “I think at the end of the day (retirement means) more time with my family and just being ready for the next chapter of life which I think will be even better than this previous chapter.”

If Brees returns next season, he believes the Saints will be competing for another championship.

“I think we are in the (championship) window right now,” he said. “That’s the way I would phrase it. I think we’ve got a great opportunity.”


ORIGINAL STORY

NEW ORLEANS (WWL-TV) — Drew Brees has made it pretty clear the past few offseasons – he’ll either return to the New Orleans Saints to play football – or he’ll retire.

What you won’t see from Brees is him slogging it out for another team on a one or two-year basis like Joe Montana or like people think Tom Brady may do.

In a report on the Saints web site, Brees told Senior Writer John DeShazier that he’s pleased that the Saints want him to return. That was the sentiment voiced by General Manager Mickey Loomis at the Senior Bowl this week.

Brees had another fine season in 2019, albeit one that was interrupted by a thumb injury. Some pundits have weighed in that Brees looked fresher at season’s end by having the five games off.

Brees had 27 touchdown passes against only four interceptions in the 2019 regular season, though for the third straight season, the end came all too soon as the Saints lost in the wildcard round to Minnesota, despite being a heavy favorite.

Brees told the NFL Network that it isn’t a matter of if a new contract would be worked out with the Saints, but when.

But he did add that it could not come at all if he decides it’s time to step back. It’s a decision he expects to make in about a month’s time.

“At the end of the season, just take a moment to take a deep breath and decompress and spend some time with family and just kind of get away,” he told DeShazier. “Then, the process starts again at some point. Those conversations will be ongoing, but I’m trying to give it a month or so.”

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