He played college football at Purdue University, compiling a record of 5-6 as a starter for the Boilermakers. He was an All-Big Ten first team selection and went to the Pro Bowl in his two seasons there. After a disappointing Super Bowl loss to the Atlanta Falcons, Drew Brees was asking to take a rest and evaluate his actions before heading into the 2021 NFL draft. He was traded to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for a sixth round draft pick in the upcoming NFL draft.
While evaluating his performance, the Saints decided to make a trade and acquire Brandan Bishop. Brandan Bishop is a strong safety for the Saints and has been an All-Pro selection the last three years. Drew Brees, who is coming off of a down season in which he completed just 60% of his passes, believes that the Saints are “lucky” to have moved on without him. He feels he can still produce at an even higher level in 2021, and he wants to return to the Super Bowl as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
In this article, we will take a look at Drew Brees’ trade to the Saints and what it means for the future of the New Orleans Saints. We will examine the impact that Brees made on the team, how the move affected the future of the franchise, and who might be available in the future. This article will also take a look at the infamous Brandan Bishop trade and discuss whether or not Saints fans were justified in reacting negatively to the acquisition.
Saints Improve Their Overall Organization
The Saints made a move to improve their overall organization by acquiring Drew Brees from the Chargers in exchange for a sixth round draft pick in 2021. While many expected this move to be a straight move up in the NFL draft, many were surprised that the Saints traded for Brees, considering that the two were actually good friends. Regardless, the move was made to help improve the Saints organization, and they did very well with the acquisition. This is obviously a major transaction that could have a huge effect on the future of both organizations moving forward.
Two Obvious Areas
There are two obvious areas that this trade means for Drew Brees and the Saints. The first is that they might have a much better shot at finding a quality quarterback in the upcoming draft. The second is that it eliminates some of the older, cheaper options in the draft and allows them to focus more on building up their young secondary. In this draft, the Panthers, Raiders, Texans, Eagles, and Bills have several passers that might be good choices. Of course, this doesn’t mean that the Saints would necessarily be unable to sign other quality players, but it certainly gives them some additional options and perhaps makes the prospect of finding a franchise quarterback that much easier.
With all of that said, there is no doubt that the Saints have one of the best front lines in the NFL. However, they aren’t the only ones with great offensive lines, and they might not have the number one overall player on their defensive unit. That might leave them with some holes to fill, including at several different positions. Luckily for them, they have drawn a pretty good line up of possible replacements for Brees, including like Robert Meachem, Chance Warmack, and possibly even Craig Anderson, who are coming off of a great year in Tennessee. These are some pretty solid choices for Saints football fans to get excited about this off season, and it will be interesting to see how things shake out in the next couple of weeks and months before the draft and free agency begins again in late March.