Why the New Orleans Saints Shouldn't Give Drew Brees A Contract Extension

By Derek Ferreira
Sep. 07, 2016

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As the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Drew Bres has been a blessing for this franchise post-Hurricane Katrina, but the Saints is going to be a free agent after this season. The Saints are trying to extend his contract with a four-year deal worth $100 million. I understand that the Saints want to keep their franchise quarterback who won them a Super Bowl back in 2009 and Brees isn't getting any younger, as he is 37 years old and will be turning 38 after the season is over. Here's why the Saints shouldn't sign him to a contract extension.

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Drew Brees is on the decline. Don't get me wrong; Brees still puts up those impressive stats and can still have a big game. However, the issue at hand is the turnovers, and his passer rating is on the decline. Brees' ended his prime back in 2011. In that same season, Brees had a career-high 83.95 passer rating and led the league in passing yards and touchdowns. His turnover percentage was a 2.1, which was the lowest during that season. Since then, his turnover percentage was lower than 2.1 twice, and above the 2.1.

When it comes to a passer rating, Brees had a 75.47 passer rating in 2015, which was his highest since 2011. Still, I can say that Brees is not in his prime anymore. His decline has been happening, but I don't see him having that magical season that he had in 2011. Drew Brees' decline is happening. Most quarterbacks go past their prime after the age of 32. But once they go into this decline, they are done. For example, Peyton Manning.

Brees should get a hero's welcome every time he steps foot in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. He has been the piece of that franchise ever since Katrina wrecked havoc in New Orleans back in 2005. But as I said at the beginning of this post, all good things must come to an end.