In an Instagram post on Sunday afternoon, New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees retires from the NFL. The 42 year old Brees spent the last fifteen years with the Saints. He announces his retirement on the exact day he signed with them in free agency fifteen years ago. This move saves the Saints near $23 million in cap space. However, they lose one of the best QB’s to ever play the game.
Drew Brees retires after twenty years in the NFL. He was drafted by the San Deigo Chargers where he spent five seasons before signing with the Saints where he won Super Bowl XLIV and was named Offensive Player Of The Year twice (2008 and 2011). He is the NFL’s all time leaders in passing yards (80,358) and Pass completions (7,142).
His Instagram post read…
“After 20 years as a player in the NFL and 15 years as a Saint, it is time I retire from the game of football. Each day, I poured my heart & soul into being your Quarterback. Til the very end, I exhausted myself to give everything I had to the Saints organization, my team, and the great city of New Orleans. We shared some amazing moments together, many of which are emblazoned in our hearts and minds and will forever be a part of us. You have molded me, strengthened me, inspired me, and given me a lifetime of memories. My goal for the last 15 years was striving to give to you everything you had given to me and more. I am only retiring from playing football, I am not retiring from New Orleans. This is not goodbye, rather a new beginning. Now my real life‘s work begins!”
Fans around the world will miss watching Drew Brees play. It is likely that Jameis Winston will take over as QB of the Saints.
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