"Listen, I have no intention of going anywhere," Brees said on WEEI's The Greg Hill Show. "I don't care what the offer would be or what the situation might be, I am Who Dat Nation for life."
Although Brees is technically scheduled to hit the open market in less than two weeks, his comments are the latest sign there's minimal concern from either side about making sure he stays in New Orleans.
In January, Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said, "we'd love to have Drew back, and if he wants to be back then we'll go from there."
"It's easy to take him for granted, yet I don't take him for granted," Loomis told reporters. "I don't view it any different than I did a year ago, or a year before that, or a year before that—regardless of whether he has a contract or not. Yeah, he's a great player, he's been a great player, he continues to be a great player."
The Saints are in a unique situation because along with Brees, backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will also hit the open market when the new league year begins later this month, and trick-play artist/third-string QB Taysom Hill will be a restricted free agent.
Hill explained he's going to keep his options open because he still views himself as a franchise quarterback:
Rob Maaddi @RobMaaddi
I see Taysom Hill trending. He told me Super Bowl week: "I definitely view myself as a franchise QB. .. If New Orleans don't view me that way then I have to leave." Also he loves playing with Drew Brees, hopes to continue doing so. Full interview: https://t.co/CZvuLzPHyQ https://t.co/KQLpsWuYAH
So without any signal-callers under contract for next season, the franchise could face a crisis if Brees were to leave. It doesn't sound like he views that as a serious option at this stage, though.
The two-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year is coming off another terrific season. He completed a league-leading 74.3 percent of his throws for 2,979 yards with 27 touchdowns and four interceptions across 11 appearances. He ranked third in ESPN's Total QBR.
Assuming Brees does re-sign with the Saints, they'll once again be among the chief Super Bowl contenders in the NFC heading into the 2020 campaign.