New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, 38, is in the final year of his contract and there has been a lot of chatter he could potentially move on after the 2017 season. However, all that chatter occurred before the Saints morphed from a perennial 7-9 team into a legitimate Super Bowl contender this season.
Now, blessed with the best supporting cast he’s had since the team’s Super Bowl-winning 2009 season, Brees cannot see himself leaving New Orleans…ever.
“I feel like we’ve got a great opportunity ahead of us and I don’t plan on leaving New Orleans ever,” Brees said during an appearance on XTRA 1360 AM. “Hopefully, I know all of that stuff takes care of itself when it’s supposed to. I have not approached them about any contract. We just have a great understanding here. Listen, we’re going to go through this season and we’ll revisit it in the offseason. For right now, I’m in the moment.”
Brees also said he’ll “handle 2018 when 2018 gets here.”
It’s not surprising that Brees wants to remain with the Saints. Especially now. Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara have given him the best rushing attack he’s had in years, and suddenly the Saints are playing lights-out defense. Much of the team is young, and there is room to continue growing with some smart drafts in the next couple of years.
Brees is at the point in his career where his legacy is all that matters. He still loves playing, obviously, and wants to play at least a few more seasons.
No doubt he would certainly love to add another championship or two to his Hall of Fame resume. With that in mind, we’ll be surprised if he gives the Saints a home-town discount next offseason in his quest to remain in New Orleans forever.