New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton believes star quarterback Drew Brees will be back on the field in 2020.
Brees is coming out of contract after the Saints suffered a surprise wild-card loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL playoffs earlier in January.
Set to celebrate his 41st birthday on Wednesday, Brees has refused to be drawn on his future amid reports of offers to become a television analyst.
Payton, though, expects the Super Bowl champion and MVP to play in New Orleans next season.
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“I see him on our field this upcoming season,” Payton told ESPN on Sunday.
“I do think he is one of those guys that, whatever he touches – business, obviously football, and whatever his future holds when he is done playing – he is going to be successful at.
“But I still think and based on what we just finished watching and grading, which was the body of work of all season, he was outstanding and he’s got more football left in him.”
Brees, who suffered a thumb injury during the season, completed 281 passes for 2,979 yards and 27 touchdowns in 11 games.
The Saints veteran also broke the NFL record for most career touchdown passes this season.
Brees moved up in the record books yet again, surpassing Peyton Manning with his 540th TD pass against the Indianapolis Colts in December.