Drew Brees


Drew Brees is the best free agent in Saints history, and it's not even close

Kristian Garic
May 20, 2020 - 8:55 am

NFL free agency is tricky for teams to navigate, and more often than not pro franchises experience buyer’s remorse, after spending big on the open market. Every once in a while teams find tremendous value and occasionally a franchise changing player. That happened to the Saints in March of 2006, when New Orleans signed free agent QB Drew Brees. The price tag? $10 million dollars of guaranteed money. Given the results, that deal was a pure bargain. And by every measure, sheer genius.

Brees came to the Saints with plenty of question marks. He tore his labrum in his throwing shoulder the season prior with the San Diego Chargers. Brees was thought to be damaged goods, so much so that Dolphins team doctors pursuaded Nick Saban not to sign the future Hall of Fame signal caller.

Drew Brees came to the Saints with plenty of questions about the long term viability of an organization that spent the previous season as nomads due to Hurricane Katrina. Storm ravaged communities, questions about New Orleans viability and blue tarp roofs on houses were a real thing, when Brees decided on New Orleans over Miami.

In a moment after Hurricane Katrina, when New Orleans was looking for hope and a hero, our prayers were answered when Drew Brees decided the Crescent City would be his NFL home city. Nick Saban and the Miami Dolphins organization should receive Christmas cards annually from Saints fans.

When Brees showed up for training camp with the Saints in 2006, he couldn't even throw a football. He wasn't medically cleared to do so. Despite what many believed might be insurmountable challenges, Brees brought the city and region some amazing moments. New Orleans finally takes home the coveted Lombardi trophy. Under the leadership of Sean Payton, Mickey Loomis and Drew Brees Black & Gold fans experienced magical come back wins at home and on the road.

Fast forward 14 years. Drew Brees is a Super Bowl champion and first ballot Hall of Fame quarterback, who has shattered NFL passing records on a weekly basis. He's clearly the best free agent acquisition in Saints history, and perhaps NFL history save for Reggie White going from Philadelphia to Green Bay.

Perhaps even more important, Brees made New Orleans his home, he decided to raise children here. He's given back to the community in countless ways time and time again, making him not only a cherished quarterback, but a beloved citizen.

Here are a few of the impressive on field accomplishments from Drew Brees in a Saints uniform.

  • Six seasons with a 70% or higher completion percentage
  • Three straight 5,000 yard passing seasons
  • Five seasons with 5,000 or more passing yards
  • Brees has posted a passer rating of 90 or better in every season in New Orleans aside from 2007
  • 13 time Pro Bowler 
  • Most regular season passing touchdowns in NFL history: 547 and counting
  • Most career passing completions: 6,857 and counting
  • Most career passing yards: 77,416 and counting
  • Most consecutive games with a touchdown pass: 54

I'm leaving a few of his accomplishments on the wire. I think you get the point. There hasn't been a player in NFL history to have the impact that Drew Brees has made in New Orleans.

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