Drew Brees isn’t going anywhere, at least he doesn’t want to anyway.
The 39-year-old quarterback is set to hit the free agency market this offseason and there has been some speculation about the future Hall of Famer’s future.
After the shocking loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Divisional Round last Sunday, the quarterback emphasized that he wanted to stay in New Orleans.
“I’m not in the mood to make anything secretive,” Brees said. “It’s the same way I felt two days ago. It’s the same way I felt 12 years ago. That is that I’ll be here as long as they’ll have me, hopefully.”
Brees Going Strong At 40
Many experts expect the veteran quarterback to be back with the Saints next season but have not counted out other possibilities.
In a league filled with sub-par quarterback play, Brees would be a hot commodity in the free agent market. Experts have filed the John Elway and the Denver Broncos as the favorites if Brees can’t reach a new deal with New Orleans.
Even though Brees is past his prime, the QB is still putting up some solid numbers. In 2017, he threw for more than 4000 yards and 23 touchdowns.
New Orleans will not be able to franchise tag Brees. His most recent contract extension features a clause stating he could not be given the franchise tag.
If Brees returns to New Orleans he will be returning to an excellent offense. The Saints were ranked No.1 in the league in total yards in 2017.
After the postseason loss to the Vikings, Brees talked about how he is optimistic about the future.
“We can really make a run at it,” he said. “That is, if you continue to have a growth mindset that you’re constantly getting better, you’re constantly finding ways to stride forward.”
I love you Who Dat Nation. And I love our team. We are destined for great things
— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) January 15, 2018
This past season the QB was the veteran presence on an offense that consisted of rising stars Micheal Thomas and Alvin Kamara.