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New Orleans Saints Quarterback Odds: Will Drew Brees Retire?

Odds on the future of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees have been released.

After losing at home to the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL wild-card round a year ago, Drew Brees took some time to ponder his future. One of the best quarterbacks of all time decided to come back for one more shot at another Super Bowl ring.

The New Orleans Saints posted a 12-4 record in the 2020 campaign to secure the second seed in the NFC, but they were eliminated at home in the divisional round of the playoffs by Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Brees experienced one of his worst injuries as a pro this year, suffering eight fractured ribs and a collapsed lung when he was sacked by San Francisco 49ers defensive end Kentavius Street. He missed just four games, but when he returned he didn’t have the same type of strength throwing the ball that he once had.

After another disappointing playoff exit, online sportsbook Bovada has released odds on whether Drew Brees will retire, with the Yes option the heavy -700 betting favorite and No coming back at +400. There are also odds on whether he will coach next season or perhaps become a broadcaster or analyst.

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Will Drew Brees Retire?

will drew brees retire after the 2020 season?
OptionOdds
Yes-700
No+400

Odds as of January 20 at Bovada

Why Brees Won’t Return Next Season

Drew Brees will go down as one of the best players to ever play the game and is without question a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He’s broken almost every record at the quarterback position and will be etched in history as an all-time great.

However, Brees just turned 42 and he and the New Orleans Saints have to decide what is in their best interests for the future. Brees has missed time each of the past two seasons due to injury, also being sidelined for five games in 2019 by a thumb injury. In the nine games he missed over those two seasons, the Saints went 8-1 with Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill under center.

Calling It A Career

Fox Sports analyst Jay Glazer announced before the divisional-round game against the Bucs that it would be Brees’ final game at the Superdome, and possibly his final game:

Now that the Saints are done, it will be an offseason of questions about his return. Quite frankly, there is nothing more to accomplish for Brees, who has already reached the pinnacle of the sport with a Super Bowl ring. 

Will Brees Become a Coach?

will drew brees be a coach for week 1 of the 2021 season?
OptionOdds
Yes+600
No-1200

Odds as of January 20 at Bovada

Don’t Expect Brees To Be A Coach Next Year

If Brees does retire, many people will wonder what’s next for the future Hall of Famer. I think Brees will take time to be with his family and look back at his illustrious career. I would bet on No at -1200 odds to become a coach next season because I think it would be too soon for him to return to the game. After the game against Tampa Bay, Brees was seen with his family running on the field and taking it all in, as shown in the video below.

There is no question in my mind that Brees would make an excellent coach. If you have seen his pre-game speeches, you know that he is an incredible motivator. He knows the game as well as anyone, but the prop is specific to 2021 and I think if he becomes a coach or analyst that it won’t happen next season, but the following one.

Is the Booth A Possible Destination for Brees?

will drew brees become a broadcaster or analyst before next season?
OptionOdds
Yes-180
No+140

Odds as of January 20 at Bovada

Could Brees Follow Romo?

Over the last few years, Tony Romo has shown us that a quarterback can transition pretty easily into the broadcast booth. As mentioned above, I think Brees will take a year off from football regardless of what analyst or broadcast offer comes in.

The betting favorite at -180 odds is that he will become an analyst, and I definitely think that’s a viable option. However, again, I would lean toward No at +140 for him to be in the broadcast booth next season. In the last four years, he has lost gut-wrenching playoff games one after another. I don’t know what’s going on in the mind of Drew Brees, but he suffered a serious injury this season and after a 20-year career in the NFL and being a father to four children, I expect that he will want to spend time with his family.

Family First For Brees

If that video with him, his family and Tom Brady showed us anything, it is that family is everything. It’s going to be tough to see one of the best to ever play the game walk away from the sport, but he’s given a lot to the game. He’s probably had to miss key moments in his kids’ lives, and with four children under the age of 12, I imagine he will want to be around them more often.

I can easily see Brees heading to the booth at some point. Perhaps ESPN offers him a job as a color commentator for Monday Night Football. If he does retire – which is expected – and take a year away from the game, the sport of football will unquestionably miss him. However, don’t expect him to be away for too long. There will be plenty of suitors trying to bring him back as either a coach or most likely a broadcaster.

Which Direction Will The Saints Go?

Odds on who will start at quarterback for the new orleans saints next year
PlayerOdds
Taysom HillEVEN
Jameis Winston+135
Drew Brees+400
Tyrod Taylor+1600
Ryan Fitzpatrick+1600
Kyle Trask+2000
Trey Lance+2200
Mac Jones+2200
Zach Wilson+3300

Odds as of January 20 at Bovada

Taysom Hill Gets The Green Light

There were some doubts before this season that Taysom Hill would be able to step in as the quarterback of the future. Hill started all four games in Brees’s absence and led the team to a 3-1 record. At EVEN money, he is a great bet to take over the Saints quarterback duties if Brees retires.

In three of his starts, Hill was able to throw for over 232 yards and still rush for 30. He gives head coach Sean Payton a bunch of options to either draw up a pass play or a quarterback rush, something that was not in Brees’s tool box. If Brees does decide to retire, expect Hill’s familiarity with the team to result in him getting the starter’s role.

Best Value: Kyle Trask

The former Florida Gators quarterback has entered into the draft and will have a long list of suitors. Trask had a phenomenal 2020 season that led to a Heisman nomination and ended his career in Florida with 7,386 passing yards and 69 passing touchdowns.

He has all the tools to be successful in the NFL. Sean Payton is a great molder of talent and, at +2000 odds to be the Saints quarterback, if Trask ends up in New Orleans, it would be a very wise move.

However, a team like Pittsburgh or Indianapolis that has a better draft spot might take him in search of a franchise quarterback. If he does slip down in the draft or the Saints trade up, look for Trask to be the guy they target.