5 offseason moves New Orleans Saints need to make to return to playoffs

Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /
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Teddy Bridgewater, New Orleans Saints
Teddy Bridgewater, New Orleans Saints. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

2. Find a replacement for Teddy Bridgewater as a backup quarterback

Let’s be completely honest here. Teddy Bridgewater will command too much money for the Saints to reasonably bring him back as their backup quarterback. Sure, the Saints could look to bring him back as the starter, but Drew Brees should be allowed to leave New Orleans on his terms. Brees played exceptionally well for the Saints down the stretch after coming back from injury.

So if Bridgewater proves too pricey for the Saints, where do they go from here? The Saints have two options: Look for a journeyman quarterback for a couple of million dollars on a one or two-year deal to replace Bridgewater or draft Brees’ eventual successor at the quarterback position in the first or the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

New Orleans may have a few more good years out of Brees, but he’s in his early 40s. He wasn’t able to play a full season this year and looked to be out of gas two years ago when he didn’t suffer an injury. The college game should be able to provide the Saints a quality franchise quarterback in the next few years. The question is when will the Saints look to find Brees’ successor?