Nov 5, 2016; Berkeley, CA, USA; California Golden Bears quarterback Davis Webb (7) passes the ball against the Washington Huskies during the second quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
AN EVENTUAL SUCCESSOR TO BE THE NEXT SAINTS QUARTERBACK AFTER DREW BREES RETIRES
The best Christmas gift that Saints fans could ever get would be if Brees would play forever — but it simply is not going to happen.
Brees turns 38 in 3 more weeks from now (January 15th), and his current contract in its present configuration, is set to expire at the end of the 2017 season.
How long will Brees continue playing is anyone’s guess at this point, but CLEARLY the Saints are running out of time to have a suitable replacement “waiting in the wings”.
It was hoped that Garrett Grayson would be that player when the Saints drafted him in the 3rd round of the 2015 Draft from Colorado State.
Unfortuantely, the limited chances that we’ve had to see Grayson in back-to-back preseasons has made it appear that this is not the case (the team even RELEASED him before eventually bringing him back for their Practice Squad).
The draft is the most logical avenue to find a successor for Brees’, but the team is unlikely to spend a high draft choice as long as they feel that draft choices are the best way to continue rebuilding into a contender.
However, as we’ve recently suggested in our most recent Mock Draft for 2017, there are some intriguing QB’s in this year’s upcoming class (such as Cal QB Davis Webb pictured above) that can potentially be the “next Dak Prescott” — the outstanding rookie QB for the Dallas Cowboys, whom they now famously were still able to get in the 4th Round of last year’s Draft.
Additionally, Free Agency or a trade is certainly a possibility, but it’s also a debate for a different day for New Orleans.