Stephen A. urges Saints to reunite with Drew Brees (2:08)

Stephen A. Smith thinks the Saints should follow up with Drew Brees. There is a time and a place for it.

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Chances are, former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was just having a little fun on social media Sunday night when he threw out the phrase "I may play football again" while responding to a report.

When you are one of the most prolific and competitive quarterbacks in the history of the NFL, that phrase is going to raise eyebrows. Here is a quick look at what a comeback might look like for the 43-year-old.

Was Brees serious about ending his retirement after one season?

You never know.

Sources close to both the Saints and the quarterback have said there is no chance of a comeback. At Monday's Saints Hall of Fame Golf Classic, Dennis Allen said that it was a joke and that they hadn't had any discussions about it.

The New York Post reported that he would not be returning to NBC after one year as an analyst. Brees listed a number of things he may consider doing, including training for the pickleball tour.

Despite speculation from media about my future this fall, I'm currently undecided. I may work for NBC, I may play football again, I may focus on business and philanthropy, I may train for the pickleball tour, senior golf tour, coach my kids or all of the above. I'll let you know

— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) May 15, 2022

The Saints recent additions of local icons, such as Tyrann Mathieu and Jarvis Landry, makes me want to come back and play again.

Man..signing @juice_landry and @mathieu_era makes me want to come back and play again!!! Great additions...leaders and players!

— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) May 15, 2022

Tom Brady proved that it is possible when he proved that he could play at a high level until he was 45.

According to multiple reports, Brees had surgery on his left shoulder, which could be looked at in two different ways. Either he wants to keep his body in peak condition or he's not ready to return to football.

A year ago, he felt worse than he does now. He said he was fully healthy for one game after dealing with a number of nagging injuries in 2020, including a punctured lung and fractured ribs.

Even if he doesn't return to the Saints this summer, it's possible he could stay in shape. He was contacted by the Saints when they were down to their fourth starting quarterback.

Would the Saints be interested?

It is too hypothetical to answer fairly. Mickey Loomis dodged the possibility of creating a controversy by saying he has not talked to the quarterback.

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When asked if he thinks Brees would be able to come back, Loomis said he would stay away from any speculation, but that he was capable of anything he wanted to do.

The Saints signed Jameis Winston to a two-year extension worth a base value of $28 million with $21 million guaranteed after their attempts to trade for Deshaun Watson fell short.

One of the most proven backup options was signed by them. They still have him, though he is expected to focus more on a tight end/runner role this year.

It's hard to say how the Saints would react if Brees made a comeback. He might be the first one to be called if there is an injury.

What is Brees’ contract status?

In June of last year, he was placed on the reserve/retired list. He could always apply for his job back. He still had one year left on his contract with the Saints, so they would maintain his rights.

Before he retired, Brees lowered his salary to the veteran minimum to help the salary-cap situation in New Orleans. If he wanted to play for another team, the two sides would have to work out a new agreement.

The Saints have more than $10 million left in salary-cap space. They pushed nearly $100 million in cap costs into future years earlier this year to get under the cap and make room for the possibility of adding a new player.

Hypothetically speaking, of course.

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