Ex-Saints LB Jonathan Vilma Says Drew Brees Has 'About Another 2-3 Years Left'

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 18, 2019

FILE - In this Dec. 26, 2011, file photo, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates with linebacker Jonathan Vilma (51) after breaking Dan Marino's all-time season passing record in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in New Orleans. Brees defended Vilma in a court document filed Saturday, july 21, 2012, to support Vilma's fight against the NFL over his season-long suspension.  The affidavit was entered in New Orleans federal court as evidence for Vilma's motion to dismiss the 2012 suspension imposed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, for the linebacker's alleged involvement in a program offering bonuses to players who injure opponents.  (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)
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Although Drew Brees is 40, one of his former teammates believes he isn't close to calling it quits.

"I think that Drew has, in my objective opinion, about another two to three years left," former New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma told TMZ Sports.

"But if you ask Drew," he added, "he's got like another 10 or 15 years left."

Brees finished last season with 3,992 passing yards and 32 touchdowns to only five interceptions. He led the NFL with a 115.7 passer rating and broke his own record with a 74.4 completion percentage.

His play earned him his 12th career Pro Bowl selection and second-team All-Pro honors behind Patrick Mahomes. And Considering Tom Brady is almost two years older and still getting it done, Brees doesn't necessarily have to retire anytime soon.

Teddy Bridgewater recently signed a one-year, $7.25 million deal to back up Brees instead of potentially becoming a starter with the Miami Dolphins, telling Luke Johnson of the Times-Picayune"I'm still 26 years old. The way I look at it is that I'll have another opportunity to start in this league at some point."

He could be planning on taking over for Brees down the line, although there is clearly no timetable for that.

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