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Drew Brees Has No Intention of Leaving Saints: 'I Am Who Dat Nation for Life'

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 5, 2020

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates a touchdown carry by Alvin Kamara in the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Butch Dill/Associated Press

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees said Thursday he plans to remain with the organization even though he's set to become an unrestricted free agent March 18.

"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."

Ben Volin @BenVolin

Drew Brees, here with David Ortiz and Ty Law, says it would be “very difficult” to switch teams at this point in his career. He’s about to shave his head for I Saved to Shave charity https://t.co/zrLLmVq592

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.

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