Drew Brees on future with Saints: ‘I’ll be here as long as they’ll have me’
Drew Brees on Tuesday made it clear that he has no plans to leave the New Orleans Saints.
The 39-year-old quarterback is slated to become an unrestricted free agent in March. Despite an uncertain future in New Orleans, Brees expressed hope that the two sides can come to terms.
“It’s the same way I felt two days ago. It’s the same way I felt 12 years ago,” Brees said, via The Times-Picayune. “I’ll be here as long as they’ll have me.”
Brees added it’s his desire to get a contract hammered out with the Saints before he hits free agency.
“I don’t plan on this being something that goes until March 14,” Brees said. “When it happens, I’ll let you guys know, but as of right this second, it hasn’t happened.”
When asked if he plans to listen to offers from other teams should a deal not be worked out with the Saints ahead of free agency, Brees said, “[I] don’t plan on it.”
In fact, Brees believes the Saints, coming off a devastating 29-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings Sunday when Stefon Diggs scored on a 61-yard touchdown as time expired, can overcome such a stunning turn of events and compete next season for a Super Bowl berth.
“I’ve been of part of talented teams in the past, throughout my career, though, that have not lived up to expectations, and I’ve been a part of teams that are just gutsy and gritty and surpassed expectations,” Brees said. “So bottom line is, success is dependent upon your willingness to work and the way that guys care about one another and the sense of urgency.
“So while I think we do have a talented team, I know that each year you have to go out and have to prove it. You have to form that identity through hard work and dedication, great leadership and good character. Through toughness and caring about one another. So do I feel like this team has what it takes? Yes I do.”
Odds seem to point to Brees re-upping with the Saints. It’s likely just a matter of time.