Drew Brees, this season's NFL Offensive Player of the Year, will have to wait until next season to collect his first MVP Award.
First, he will have to re-sign with the New Orleans Saints.
Brees has been steadily improving since his 2001 rookie season with the San Diego Chargers. More so, after San Diego decided to put their future in Philip Rivers as they let Brees leave in free agency to sign with the Saints in 2005.
This turned out to be the best football decision Brees has ever made.
Signing with the Saints teamed Brees and head coach/offensive genius Sean Payton together to produce what can be considered as a re-imagining of the Greatest Show on Turf.
In his first season in New Orleans, Payton took a team that finished 3-13 the previous year to a 10-6 record and the playoffs with Brees as his QB.
With Brees leading the Saints offense, it ranked first in the league in total offense and passing yards per game in 2006. Fourth in total offense and third in passing yards per game in 2007, first and first in 2008, first and third in 2009.
In 2010, the Saints total offense finished out of the league's top five for the first time since Brees arrived, but it still ranked third in passing yards per game.
This season, New Orleans ranked first in the league in both total offense and passing yards per game with Brees having the best season of his career as he threw for 5,476 yards, 46 TDs and 14 INTs with a completion percentage of 71.2.
Brees has proven that he has mastered Payton's offense, and if he has a season similar to his previous one, it would be very hard to argue that he won't be next year's MVP. Especially since the voting system favors QBs—since 2000 all MVPs have been QBs except for three times.
Here are five more reasons Brees will be MVP.