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Saints’ Drew Brees announces intention to return for 2020 season

And what does this mean for Teddy Bridgewater, who went 5-0 while Brees was out with injury?
Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) passes in the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff game against the Vikings on Jan. 5 in New Orleans. [BUTCH DILL  |  AP]
Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) passes in the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff game against the Vikings on Jan. 5 in New Orleans. [BUTCH DILL | AP]

NEW ORLEANS — Quarterback Drew Brees says he intends to play for the New Orleans Saints again next season.

The 41-year-old Brees announced his intention to return for what would be his 20th NFL season in a social media post on Tuesday.

“My feelings about the 2020 season! I look forward to the grind and the journey, for the reward at the end will be worth it,” Brees wrote in his announcement. “Love you #WhoDatNation. Let’s make another run at it!”

Related: Bucs coach Bruce Arians likes Teddy Bridgewater’s style. Should Jameis Winston be worried?

Brees missed five games with a throwing hand injury that required surgery but was still productive last season while leading New Orleans to a third straight playoff appearance. Brees’ 74.3 percent completion rate ranked second in NFL history behind only his 2018 record of 74.4 percent.

He also passed for 27 touchdowns while throwing just four interceptions and was selected to a fourth straight Pro Bowl, the 13th of his career.

Brees is the NFL’a all-time leader in completions with 6,867, yards passing with 77,416 and touchdowns with 547.

Brees’ contract situation remains unclear. His last contract voids automatically at the end of the current league year that concludes March 18. Also unclear: what does this mean for Teddy Bridgewater, who went 5-0 as a starter while Brees was out last season?

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