Drew Brees' rise over the past decade is one of the better stories in the NFL. Brees was originally drafted by the San Diego Chargers, but they never allowed him to grow as a quarterback. Many variables forced Brees to underperform with the Chargers and they eventually let him go as a free agent in favor of drafting Philip Rivers. Brees' search for a new team was difficult but he ended up finding the perfect scenario with the New Orleans Saints. Brees matured into arguably the best quarterback in the sport and led the Saints to their first Super Bowl victory in 2010.
His run in New Orleans has been spectacular with Brees becoming one of the faces of the sport. Every NFL fan respects him and every casual fan enjoys watching him play. There’s no doubt he will be a Hall of Famer one day and an icon in the Saints organization, but it may be time for a change. Brees will once again become a free agent in 2017 and there’s already reports circulating about the different teams ready to go after him. New Orleans may be attempting to make changes for the future of the franchise and Brees may not be a part of it.
A legend like Brees will command huge money and the Saints may prefer to go younger by parting ways with their star. On the flip side, Brees only has a few years left in his arm before he has to hang up the uniform. New Orleans is in a rebuilding process and likely won’t be contending for a Super Bowl any time soon. Brees will want to compete for another ring in his final years. This creates many intriguing options out there in just a year’s time. We’ll look at what his next move will be with the top 13 early free agent destinations for Drew Brees in 2017.
13 Chicago Bears
12 Cleveland Browns
11 San Francisco 49ers
Just three years ago, the San Francisco 49ers were in the Super Bowl but it feels much longer than that. The 49ers have completely imploded with a decline into one of the worst teams in the NFL. Things change rapidly in the sport and quarterback is the pivotal position they need the most help with. Colin Kaepernick falling apart ruined the chances of success in San Francisco. Carlos Hyde is a very talented running back but the passing game is lacking big time. Drew Brees coming aboard would turn the train around and give him the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Joe Montana and Steve Young.
10 Buffalo Bills
9 Philadelphia Eagles
8 Cincinnati Bengals
Andy Dalton is the personification of the quarterback that excels in the regular season but fails in the playoffs. The Cincinnati Bengals need to win now, with their talented roster being good enough to get to the next level. Drew Brees replacing Dalton could be the move needed to finally see the team reach their potential. The firepower of Brees throwing to A.J. Green is a can’t miss combination that would destroy defenses and bolster fantasy football games. The Bengals have an incredibly stable organization, so it's hard to believe they'd make a move like this, but there's no doubt that Brees can get it done in the postseason for this team.
7 Minnesota Vikings
5 Dallas Cowboys
4 Houston Texans
3 New York Jets
2 New Orleans Saints
1 Denver Broncos
The absolute best situation for Drew Brees in free agency next offseason will be the Denver Broncos. Following the retirement of Peyton Manning, their tremendous roster is in need a new quarterback. Mark Sanchez is a horrible option and Paxton Lynch isn’t ready to lead a Super Bowl caliber roster. Denver will have one of the best defenses in the NFL making them a credible threat every season in the near future. The elite wide receiver duo of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders will be enough to tempt Drew Brees on the offensive side. Manning was playing his worst football last season and still managed to win a Super Bowl with this roster. Brees will have his best chance at winning another Super Bowl and succeeding with the Broncos.
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