The New Orleans Saints rocked the NFL world when they suddenly traded tight end Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks. Shortly after the trade occurred, there were rumors surfacing that the Saints might actually place veteran quarterback Drew Brees on trading block.
Brees, who is apparently comfortable in his relationship with the team, had this to comment regarding the trade rumors (via ESPN).
I would have people come and, ‘So I hear you’re getting traded to Tampa. Oh, OK, great. And then the next week, it’s like, OK, who is it this week? Buffalo? Or wherever else. So I lost track. But again, I know that if things like that were taking place that I have the type of relationship with our team, our organization, that I would know about those things. So when I hear them second-hand or from a media outlet or whatever, I don’t really pay it much attention.
For now, it would appear that Brees is solid with his team, at least according to the quarterback.
Interestingly, Brees would not directly address staying around beyond 2017:
I mean, listen, if there was, I wouldn’t say anything about it, just like there’s a lot of things that I won’t comment on from a contract standpoint. Because those conversations are between me and our organization, and that’s the stance I’ll always take on that.
With Brees mentioning teams such as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Buffalo Bills, both definitely quarterback-needy, it compels us to think for just a second what his presence would bring them. Could we see Brees throwing to second-season wideout Sammy Watkins and handing the ball off to LeSean McCoy? How about working with up-and-coming wide receiver Mike Evans? There is no doubt Brees would do wonders for a team in need.
It is fun to pretend. However, unless the Saints have a major surprise up their sleeve, it appears Brees will retire wearing black and gold.
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