Projecting three future Hall of Famers for the New Orleans Saints

    The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2023 will officially be inducted on Aug. 3.

    With less than a month until the annual event in Canton, Ohio, we’re examining which players — past and present — on the league’s 32 teams we think will one day receive a similar honor.

    Here are three New Orleans Saints who should eventually receive football immortality:

    Drew Brees

    Second all-time in the league in passing (80,358 yards), Brees might be the most impactful free-agent signing in NFL history. New Orleans signed Brees in March 2006, three months after the former Chargers quarterback suffered a shoulder injury that put his future in doubt.

    Instead, Brees played 15 seasons with the Saints, setting several records (some of which have since been broken) and winning the first Super Bowl in franchise history.

    The 13-time Pro Bowler eclipsed 5,000 yards five times, three more than Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady, the only other quarterbacks with at least two 5,000-yard seasons. He is one of two players in league history with 80,000 career passing yards and one of the most accurate quarterbacks the NFL has ever seen.

    There are 19 instances in league history of a quarterback posting a completion percentage of at least 70 percent during a season, and Brees has seven, including the three highest.

    He set the single-season record at 74.4 percent in 2018.

    Brees retired following the 2020 season, making him eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2026. It would be a shock if he didn’t receive a gold jacket in his first year on the ballot.

    Demario Davis

    Arguably the second-best free-agent signing in franchise history, Davis is still playing at an elite level well into his 30s. 

    He was named first-team All-Pro for the first time in his age-30 season (2019) and has followed that with four consecutive appearances on the second-team All-Pro list. In 2022, Davis reached the Pro Bowl for the first time at 33 and garnered his second appearance in 2023.

    His longevity is as impressive as his durability. Over the course of his 12-year career, the middle linebacker has appeared in 194 of a possible 195 regular-season games, only missing a game in 2021 due to COVID-19 protocols.

    Cameron Jordan

    The 13-year veteran had at least 7.5 sacks in 11 consecutive seasons from 2012-22 and ranks 32nd on the all-time list (117.5). Jordan is an eight-time Pro Bowler and was first-team All-Pro in 2017. 

    In April 2020, he was named to the Hall of Fame’s All-Decade Team of the 2010s, along with 2024 Hall of Fame inductee Julius Peppers as well as J.J. Watt and Calais Campbell.

    Jordan signed a two-year contract extension with the Saints in 2023 that runs through the 2025 season, his age-36 campaign. If he plays through his contract and retires at the end of it, Jordan would have a compelling case to be enshrined when eligible in 2031.

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