The New Orleans Saints have to prepare for the eventual retirement of their star franchise quarterback Drew Brees. Therefore, it is being reported by general manager Mickey Loomis that he is “not afraid” to select a quarterback if the right one falls to the team (via ESPN).
Loomis commented on the Saints’ backup quarterback status stating this:
I think you’re always looking to get a young quarterback in the program. We’ve got one in Ryan Griffin that we like. And if an opportunity presents itself, hey, we may take another one here.
Regarding the future of their current quarterback, Brees, whom the team has denied recent trade rumors, Loomis further commented:
But I don’t see the end for Drew Brees on the short-term horizon. At least I certainly hope not. But it does take time for these quarterbacks to develop. And we’re conscious of that.
So, who is the quarterback the Saints would target should he fall to them at pick 31? It is reported by NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport that the Saints are considering Bryce Petty out of Baylor as their first-round draft pick.
The team has reportedly worked Petty out and think he is the top passer in the NFL Draft. Over the course of Petty’s 26 starts at Baylor, he tallied 8,055 passing yards and scored 61 touchdowns.
Whether the Saints will go with a bold move like drafting a quarterback in round one will remain to be seen in just hours from now.
As it stands now with Brees, he is 36-years-old and entering his 15th year in the NFL. He is currently signed under a five-year contract that runs through the 2016 season. I’d say planning for his eventual departure makes sense at this time.