Shannon Sharpe had some strong opinions on Drew Brees' comments about anthem protests, saying that the quarterback "should just go ahead and retire" ahead of next season. Sharpe justified that by expressing the Saints' locker room will never be the same after Brees said what he said, regardless of his apology.
As much as the three-time Super Bowl champion has a valid reason to criticize Brees, it seems like the NFL's all-time passing leader is going nowhere for the 2020 season. Other Saints team leaders, such as All-Pros Demario Davis and Cameron Jordan, have had positive responses to 13-time Pro Bowler's apology.
Davis called Brees' apology "leadership at its finest" and Jordan responded to that with a positive message. Another locker room presence, linebacker Craig Robertson, commented on Brees' Instagram apology that seemed to show solidarity with the quarterback.
To top it off, ESPN's Dianna Russini said that New Orleans isn't worried about locker room chemistry in the wake of Brees' comments. The team feels they have too many leaders, starting with head coach Sean Payton, to let the ship sink.
If the Super Bowl MVP can continue to speak positively on the matter and figure out a way to further make up for his comments, especially among his teammates who are upset, then the Saints shouldn't have to worry about their team chemistry or their quarterback hanging up his cleats.