Drew Brees returning for 2020 season

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They say all good things must come to an end, but they didn’t say when they had to come to an end and they certainly didn’t say when Drew Brees had to retire, whoever they are.

The NFL’s all-time leading passer is returning for at least one more season with the Black and Gold.

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Today, the long-time quarterback of the New Orleans Saints made his decision official with an Instagram post saying, “I look forward to the grind and the journey, for the reward at the end will be worth it. Love you Who Dat Nation. Let’s make another run at it.”

It’s become standard procedure for Brees to weigh the pros and cons of retirement after each of the last three seasons, but having just turned 41 last month, his return was never a sure thing.

The next order of business is getting Brees signed on to a team-friendly deal prior to the start of free agency, one month from today.

Keeping both Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill as back-ups seems like a financial long shot at this point, but whoever turns out to be the ultimate successor to Brees will have to wait at least one more year.

Despite missing five games due to a thumb injury, Brees led the Saints to a second straight 13-3 season in 2019 while posting the highest passer rating of his 19 year career.

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at jhaeger@wxxv25.com.

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