Kristian: Is it time to start grooming a new Saints QB?
by Kristian Garic,posted May 4 2014 1:21PM
Saints quarterback Drew Brees is 35 years old, probably feels like he can play at least another three years, possibly five. Is it time to draft Drew Brees’ eventual replacement? Is that time this year?
The Packers did it with Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers; the 49ers had Steve Young sitting behind Joe Montana as his eventual successor. While it’s a valid question, I don’t think the Saints are worrying about three years from now. The off-season moves the Saints have made this spring scream “we’re in it to win it this year.” The QB of the future doesn’t need to draft this year. “I don’t think it will happen this year, but I could see it in another year,” said WWL’s Jim Henderson. Some of this conversation is based on Brees' health over the next three to five years.
The Saints currently have three quarterbacks on the roster. Long time veteran Luke McCown returns for his second season with the Saints and second year man Ryan Griffin will also be in the mix for the backup position behind Brees. Griffin landed with the Saints on the practice squad last summer, after going undrafted out of Tulane, and was later placed on the active roster after a few teams tried to sign him away. The Saints are impressed with Griffin, and might be intrigued enough to give him the chance to be the eventual replacement for Brees a few years from now.
The Saints would waste a draft pick on a quarterback this year. That could be another defensive lineman, or linebacker, or cornerback to add to an emerging secondary. It’s not out of the realm of possibility for the Saints to draft a QB this year if the right guy is available. The Saints continue to focus their attention on giving their current franchise QB another shot at Super Bowl with some more offensive weapons and defensive playmakers.