Saints want Drew Brees to pass the torch to Taysom Hill for 2021 season


The 41-year-old Brees is still pondering whether or not to return for a 20th season in the NFL

Drew Brees may not decide on his 2020 plans for another few weeks, but the New Orleans Saints already know what they would like to happen at the quarterback position, and their vision involves both Brees and another player currently on the team. That’s according to ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio, who reported Tuesday that the Saints want the 41-year-old Brees to return for a 20th NFL season. Except they also want 2020 to serve as a transition year, per Florio, with Brees passing the torch to backup and utility player Taysom Hill, who would then fully take over under center in 2021.

“Even if Brees comes back,” Florio said, “Hill will be used much more extensively as part of the team’s offense in 2020 — especially in light of some private regret that, if Hill had been utilized just a little bit more in the wild-card loss to the (Minnesota) Vikings, the Saints quite likely would have won the game.”

Brees, meanwhile, is “genuinely and seriously considering retirement,” according to Florio. The longtime Saints starter and former Super Bowl champion has said as much in recent weeks. In the lead-up to Sunday’s Pro Bowl, he said “it’s not a given that I’m coming back every year” and noted that this will be the first offseason he can remember where he wasn’t confident he’d remain under contract with New Orleans. Then, during the Pro Bowl, Brees told ESPN’s Lisa Salters he’ll continue weighing the possibility of retirement until as late as mid-February.

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