Any thought given by quarterback-needy teams that they might be able to land future Hall of Famer Drew Brees can now be thrown completely out the window.

Technically set to become a free agent in March, it’s been pretty much a forgone conclusion that Brees would re-sign with New Orleans before that ever came to fruition.

While that has not yet happened, Brees himself is pumping the brakes on any idea that he’s going to leave New Orleans.

“Of course I’m coming back,” Brees said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday (h/t Pro Football Talk). “I’m a Saint for life. I’m a New Orleans Saint for life.”

Leave it to Ellen to break this seemingly shocking news.

Fresh off a season that saw him lead the Saints to a surprise division title, the 39-year-old Brees is still playing at an elite level. He’s a fixture within the New Orleans community and has been for the past 12 years.

There was never any real chance of him departing for greener pastures. And he made sure everyone knew that on Wednesday.