Drew Brees: I plan to be in New Orleans beyond 2017

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With seven wins in a row, the Saints have every reason to be living in the moment right now and that’s just what quarterback Drew Brees says he’s doing.

Brees is in the final year of his contract, but said during an appearance on XTRA 1360 AM with former Chargers teammate Nick Hardwick and Judson Richards that he’ll “handle 2018 when 2018 gets here.” Brees did make it clear that his desire is to remain in New Orleans.

“I feel like we’ve got a great opportunity ahead of us and I don’t plan on leaving New Orleans ever,” Brees said. “Hopefully, I know all of that stuff takes care of itself when it’s supposed to. I have not approached them about any contract. We just have a great understanding here. Listen, we’re going to go through this season and we’ll revisit it in the offseason. For right now, I’m in the moment.”

The Saints have built a powerful run game with Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara and their defense has been as good as any in the league since the first two weeks of the season, which means they are less reliant on Brees to win games than they’ve been at an other point in his time with the team.

That would seem to be a good direction to take with a quarterback closing in on his 39th birthday. It is also one that could create a difference of opinion about how much Brees should make in 2018 and beyond, although that will have to be balanced against who else they might be able to plug into the offense. Based on the timeline Brees laid out, it will be some time before we get a sense of how both sides see things.

67 responses to “Drew Brees: I plan to be in New Orleans beyond 2017

  1. wallabear says:
    November 14, 2017 at 1:13 pm
    Brees is the best artisan QB in the NFL today. Pay The Man!
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    He’s already been paid, like how much for one freaking SB!!!! He had better take a page from Brady or else Bye Felicia!

  2. Brees the best QB in the league period. Biggest thing I point to opponents is that Brees actually calls plays. Look at how the saints still run an old school huddle. With (the great) Brady and Rodgers, sure they call some hot routes at the line. But my man Drew is more like Peyton Manning and the greats of old.
    If you took the radios out the helmets drew wouldnt miss a beat

  3. As the Bill’s have found out, if people don’t respect your passing game your running game isn’t going anywhere! They need brees to keep the passing threat there.

  4. Brees is the best QB in the game behind Rodgers. He has been for several years. However, Brees has NEVER even had an all-pro WR. Assuming Michael Thomas changes that fact, I dare say Brees will have another ring the season as well. Further, I wonder how many rings Brees would have IF he played in New England his entire career?

    PAY THE MAN.

  5. Hey, breaking the 5K barrier is SO last season. No way he does it for the sixth time this year. And you can be sure that his supervisor is going to bring up that little factoid during his performance review at the end of the year, giving them leverage to lowball Brees on his salary. Nope, five and a half years from now Brees is going to take his gold jacket and go home.

  6. 87hollywoodhorn says:
    November 14, 2017 at 1:24 pm
    Brees the best QB in the league period. Biggest thing I point to opponents is that Brees actually calls plays. Look at how the saints still run an old school huddle. With (the great) Brady and Rodgers, sure they call some hot routes at the line. But my man Drew is more like Peyton Manning and the greats of old.
    If you took the radios out the helmets drew wouldnt miss a beat
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    Nobody is or was better than Tom Brady, including Drew Brees. Even at age 40, 19 TDs, 2 INTs, and 2,800+ yards. Brees 13 TDs, 4 INTs. A reminder, Brady kept the Patriots at the top when the NE defense was DEAD LAST in the NFL. The Saints haven’t even been relevant the last several years. Just don’t go there on Brees-Brady or Manning-Brady. You lose every time.

  7. Per the usual, it’s all about Drew. He’ll take too much money that will prevent the team from re-signing Ingram and Thomas in the future. There’s is a track record here, he wants to get paid and the rest of the team be damned.

  8. Drew Brees taking a team friendly deal? Jerry and Roger hugging it out. Belichik dancing the funky chicken during a close game. Take your pick.

  9. @pastabelly….What year were the Patriots defense last in the league? Has Brady EVER won a Super Bowl when the Patriots didn’t have a top 10 defense? Serious questions.

  10. “idioticidiom says:
    November 14, 2017 at 1:31 pm
    Brees is the best QB in the game behind Rodgers. He has been for several years. However, Brees has NEVER even had an all-pro WR. Assuming Michael Thomas changes that fact, I dare say Brees will have another ring the season as well. Further, I wonder how many rings Brees would have IF he played in New England his entire career?”
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    They both have 1 SB. They are both elite. Aaron has had better defenses. Brees’ numbers are off the charts…all the charts. Brees also had an all-pro WR, Marques Colston. Colston just didn’t get hype because he was a no fuss player.

  11. Brees’ first six years in NOLA was a team friendly deal which he played through without any complaints or renegotiation requests. I don’t blame him for demanding to be paid on the second contract. This time out, I hope he takes a team friendly deal which could allow this young team to stay in contention.

    But if the Saints decided not to re-sign Brees, Tom Coughlin should be the FIRST person to contact his agent. Jax defense, Leonard Fournette and Brees handing it to him or chucking the ball, I’m sure they’d move up as truly legit AFC contenders! Plus, Blake Bortles WOULD learn a LOT from Brees.

  12. idioticidiom says:
    November 14, 2017 at 2:14 pm
    @pastabelly….What year were the Patriots defense last in the league? Has Brady EVER won a Super Bowl when the Patriots didn’t have a top 10 defense? Serious questions.
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    Nobody has ever won a Super Bowl with a defense that was dead last in the league, but Brady almost did when he almost dragged the worst defense in Super Bowl history to a SB Championship in 2011 vs the giants. Just getting there was a miracle. So there is that…

  13. @lengai……Marques Colton NEVER was an All-Pro. You made that up.

    @lanman11…….I don’t think anybody ever argued a last place defense would win a title. However, it’s worth noting in 2011, the team who gave up more yards than the Pats was the Packers who were 15-1 that season. Perhaps, the increased passing stats given up are more indicative of those units being elite offensively, rather than bad defensively. After-all, those Pats were 15th against the run.

    Regardless, my question was when did Brady win a title WITHOUT a top 10 defense? I’ll hang up and listen.

  14. @laman11, @pastabelly
    Brady has never had the worst defense in the stat that matters most. Even in 2011 the Patriots scoring defense was 17th. Over their careers Brady has had a top ten scoring defense 9 times, Rodgers 4 times, and Bree’s three times. Brady is great but has had the benefit of better defenses his whole career.not in total yards, but in the stat that matters most, points. Bree’s has had to carry his team more than any quarterback period.

  15. Brees doesn’t look that great this year but the running game is crushing! Defense and running game, they finally figured it out! lOL

  16. silvernblacksabbath says:
    November 14, 2017 at 3:17 pm
    Brees doesn’t look that great this year but the running game is crushing! Defense and running game, they finally figured it out! lOL
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    Brees looks as great this year as he ever has. Hopefully you will get a chance to watch him play before your next post. lOL

  17. Brees would have won at least as many SBs as Brady if he played in the Patriots system. There is no doubt in my mind.

  18. Michael Mccloskey says:
    November 14, 2017 at 3:06 pm
    …Bree’s has had to carry his team more than any quarterback period.
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    When Brady has been in that position, which was often enough over the years, he carried those teams into the playoffs. When Brees has had to, his teams tended not to. Look, I think Brees is elite, likeable, and hope he plays long enough to take Pedton Statmanning’s yardage record, but Brady at 64,000yds is only 4,000 behind Brees despite playing outside in the north and with a slighty higher rating than Brees. And there’s far more to being a great QB than just passing and Brees doesn’t call his own plays any more than Brady, Rodgers or even Peyton did as they all have(had) palys called down to them but with elite experience can make audibles. Brees is easily the 3rd best QB in the league, but to suggest he’s now (or even overall) been better than Brady (or Rodgers) is wishful thinking.

  19. There are a whole bunch of quarterbacks that seem to be much closer to the end of their careers than the beginning of it.
    A glut of QBs retiring all at once or over a short period of time won’t help the league any.

  20. @streetyson

    No one said Bree’s is better than Brady but you are wrong. Brady has rarely had to carry his team. The game is about points, not yards. Brady , more often than any other modern day elite quarterback, has benefited from good scoring defenses. Those are the facts. He is great but he hasn’t had to consistently overcome bad defenses in the stat that matters most, points.

  21. idioticidiom says:

    November 14, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    @lengai……Marques Colton NEVER was an All-Pro. You made that up.
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    Colston in 10 years – Rec: 711; Yds: 9,759; Avg: 13.7; TD: 72. Chad Johnson played 12 years and was a 6-time Pro Bowler and 2-time All-Pro: Rec: 766; Yds: 11,059; Avg: 14.4; TD: 67. Reggie Wayne played 5 more years than Colston and had Rec: 1,070; Yds: 14,345; Avg: 13.4; TD: 82. Wayne was All Pro once and a 6-time Pro Bowler. Colston was not named All Pro nor was he selected to a Pro Bowl; however his numbers are that of a Pro Bowl/All-Pro player. Had he played with Payton Manning, on a big name team, or been a show off like Chad he would have received those honors by his play.

  22. cardinealsfan20 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 3:07 pm
    “He wants an explanation as to why people would think otherwise”.

    We’d like an explanation as to why you’re using a tired, five year old “joke”.

    Same reason you hear idiots say dilly, dilly. Absence of original thought. The monkey-see-monkey-do mouth-breathers react to positive stimulus in the form of giggles from their fellow imbeciles, so they go back to the well of repeating what they heard the media collective say because, if they don’t, why would anyone like, or even notice, them? It’s why marketing is so effective.

  23. I find it amusing that the ones who point to stats to reinforce their man-crushes on Brady and Rogers don’t ever bring up accuracy / comp %. Convenient to make your argument without talking about the most important stat!

    Also, the reason, historically, that Brady/Rogers tended to score more and have more wins, with less yards, is fairly clear…better starting field position due to better D / special teams. No matter…this year Brees has a team, now that they finally gelled and recovered from crucial injuries to O-line. Better clear a path or risk getting run over

  24. Michael Mccloskey says:
    November 14, 2017 at 5:27 pm
    @streetyson

    No one said Bree’s is better than Brady but you are wrong. Brady has rarely had to carry his team. The game is about points, not yards. Brady , more often than any other modern day elite quarterback, has benefited from good scoring defenses. Those are the facts. He is great but he hasn’t had to consistently overcome bad defenses in the stat that matters most, points.
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    Are you not reading the posts above? LOTS of people are saying Brees is better than Brady.

    Most 4th Qtr comebacks, as in you’re losing and need a drive to win.
    Brady – 40
    Brees – 29

    How often has Drew Brees lit up the scoreboard in a snowstorm? sleet? Rain? Wind? Hell, even the sun in your eyes? Facts are that drew Brees has benefitted from playing in a passer friendly dome, climate controlled for more than half his games each year if you include his trips to ATL each year too.

    No one is sayingBrees isn’t good, but you’re barking up the wrong tree saying he is better or even the same as Brady.

    It’s really not close.

  25. Has Brady EVER won a Super Bowl when the Patriots didn’t have a top 10 defense?
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    2001 – 6th
    2003 – 1st
    2004 – 2nd
    2014 – 8th
    2016 – 1st

    No………..

  26. aarons444 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 6:51 pm
    Has Brady EVER won a Super Bowl when the Patriots didn’t have a top 10 defense?
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    2001 – 6th
    2003 – 1st
    2004 – 2nd
    2014 – 8th
    2016 – 1st

    No………..
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    I always respect your posts, usually backed up with stats which I like, but I’m missing the point on this one (I know you didn’t initially make it).

    Is the point that Brady has benefitted from better overall defenses? Sure, that is valid, as he has a defensive minded coach his whole career too. But there are plenty of BETTER defenses each year that have a QB that doesn’t win the SB no? Does he not get credit for making it year in and year out to the AFCCG and SB, and winning 5? Having his team purged of goood players who leave for FA as with lots of Championship teams.

    Brees has Sean Payton too, offensive guru to help with all his offensive stats.

    Bothare great, and collectively through the years I’d say they’ve both been great passers with average weapons around them that they make look good.

  27. A reminder, Brady kept the Patriots at the top when the NE defense was DEAD LAST in the NFL.
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    Fake news. The mother of it, frankly.

    The Patriots have NEVER finished “DEAD LAST” defensively with Brady as their QB.

    Their lowest finish in points allowed was 17th (2002, 2005).. Middle of the pack. Real tough. They missed the Playoffs in 2002, and didn’t get past a Jake Plummer led juggernaut the 2005 Divisional Round.

  28. 87hollywoodhorn says:
    November 14, 2017 at 1:24 pm
    Brees the best QB in the league period. Biggest thing I point to opponents is that Brees actually calls plays. Look at how the saints still run an old school huddle. With (the great) Brady and Rodgers, sure they call some hot routes at the line. But my man Drew is more like Peyton Manning and the greats of old.
    If you took the radios out the helmets drew wouldnt miss a beat
    ======================================================================================
    Nobody is or was better than Tom Brady, including Drew Brees. Even at age 40, 19 TDs, 2 INTs, and 2,800+ yards. Brees 13 TDs, 4 INTs. A reminder, Brady kept the Patriots at the top when the NE defense was DEAD LAST in the NFL. The Saints haven’t even been relevant the last several years. Just don’t go there on Brees-Brady or Manning-Brady. You lose every time.

    What you failed to mention is that Brady has played his entire career in arguably the worst division in football!

    If Brady had played in the NFC he probably wouldn’t have a single ring! The Pats wouldn’t have half the SB rings they have if they didn’t have a FG kicker!

  29. Is the point that Brady has benefitted from better overall defenses? Sure, that is valid, as he has a defensive minded coach his whole career too.
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    I think we saw a shift in how the Patriots were built after teh undefeated season.

    Belichick is a master of Xs and Os, and the shift to being an offensive power was a natural one in this pass happy era. I don’t think he’s lost his defensive genius, but he’s not building his teams the same way.

    Just my opinion…

    As for Brady, no QB in this era has played on teams that have been cosistently so good for so long.

    Roethlisberger was close, but the bottom fell for them out as LeBeau was leaving.

    Rodgers has NEVER played with a #1 defense. The ONLY year he played with a top 5 unit, his team won it all.

    I’m out of time, so I can’t speak as to Brees, but I’d guess he’s had even worse defenses than Rodgers.

    Right or wrong, to me, Brady comes off as a great player on a great team. The others are great players that for the most part, have had the deck stacked against them. Their succcess is more impressive to me.

  30. For all the geniuses here saying Brady can’t carry a team or doesn’t win with bad defenses there are articles by football perspective and pro football focus that give you the stats and winning percentages for modern QBs when their defenses give up 21+ points and 24+ points. Guess who’s number 1 by a mile? Brady. Lol. Helps to know the facts. Feel free to Google this info to verify and then come up with a new excuse as to why Brady isn’t all that.

  31. xxsweepthelegxx says:
    November 14, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Most 4th Qtr comebacks, as in you’re losing and need a drive to win.
    Brady – 40
    Brees – 29

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    Are you trying to peddle this nonsense…that the number of 4th q comebacks is the best way to rank the QBs? That’s like judging someone as a batter in bb and only looking at hits. How many at bats did they have? You should not try to transition into any pro statistician position…ever!

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    How often has Drew Brees lit up the scoreboard in a snowstorm? sleet? Rain? Wind? Hell, even the sun in your eyes?
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    Again, it’s a lot easier to lite up the scoreboard when your defense is giving you the opportunities with field position. If the measure of GOAT is having a great defense / the best defensive mind in fb as your head coach, then yeah, it’s Brady.

  32. dodgerlakerfan1969 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 7:53 pm
    Google “Quarterback record when their team allows 21+ points”. Be enlightened.
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    no no no no no, that would be cheating to look up 😀

    It’s far more fun for people to say “he plays in the worst division in football’ with nothing to back up the statement with. You know, because we all know TB, CAR and ATL have been juggernauts for years!

  33. The biglabreeski, so how about when your defense is playing bad and giving up points? Is that a good barometer? Lol. Sorry to tell you Brady is number 1 under those circumstances too. Did you bother checking the information? Of course not. Lol.

  34. hebiglabreeski says:
    November 14, 2017 at 8:02 pm
    xxsweepthelegxx says:
    November 14, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Most 4th Qtr comebacks, as in you’re losing and need a drive to win.
    Brady – 40
    Brees – 29

    —————–

    Are you trying to peddle this nonsense…that the number of 4th q comebacks is the best way to rank the QBs? That’s like judging someone as a batter in bb and only looking at hits. How many at bats did they have? You should not try to transition into any pro statistician position…ever!
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    I guess adding up all their passing yards against prevent defenses while their team is getting crushed is a better way to show off passing yards as being a superior QB then.

    And yes, BB is a defensive genius and Brady has most always had a better defense. Sean Payton is also known as an offensive guru correct? Perhaps that’s why Brees is so good then.

    And How do you explain hundreds of games played in inclement/cold weather by Brady compared to Brees? You can’t, cause that ones black and white and their is no argument

  35. Why do patriot fans and their massive inferiority complexes have to chime in on every single article on this site not related to Tammy Hair Plugs and UGGs Brady and podunk new england?

  36. dodgerlakerfan1969 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Google “Quarterback record when their team allows 21+ points”. Be enlightened.

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    W-L record stats are a great measure for a team, not so much for individual performers. Granted, if a defense is allowing 21+ points, the offense –and the qb, by proxy, being the one who touches the ball every play– is responsible for scoring more than the 21+ needed in order to get the W. But does that stat take into account blowouts, where the 21 is scored in garbage time when the Pats D is in prevent? Does it take into account games where the pats have a comfortable lead, and the run game is called upon to close out the game? Does it take into account starting field position to determine that it was truly on the arm of Brady?

    Seems pretty arbitrary, but you’ve got to hang onto some piece of data to reaffirm your confirmation bias. How is Brady’s completion percentage looking compared to Drew? Who is putting it on the money more often? If you’ve got a better stat to show he is on the money more often, then I am all ears.

  37. xxsweepthelegxx says:
    November 14, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    I guess adding up all their passing yards against prevent defenses while their team is getting crushed is a better way to show off passing yards as being a superior QB then.

    — If you had any reading comprehension, you’d note that I never pointed to yards gained as a reason Brees is better (completion percentage, dummy)…only as an indicator of the Pats having a better d / special teams, as in he gets more yards because he has to drive further and play comeback from bad defensive performances.


    And yes, BB is a defensive genius and Brady has most always had a better defense. Sean Payton is also known as an offensive guru correct? Perhaps that’s why Brees is so good then.

    –I’ll take that as an acknowledgment that Brees is the better qb…thanks for capitulating your position!


    And How do you explain hundreds of games played in inclement/cold weather by Brady compared to Brees? You can’t, cause that ones black and white and their is no argument

    –This one is a headscratcher. You could probably use a writing course…or three. How do I explain brady playing in more games in inclement weather than Brees? I suppose I could go into geography and beginner meteorology, for you, but I’ll keep it simple. You see, typically, in the northern hemisphere, locations further north possess colder temperature than locations further south. The opposite is true in the southern hemisphere, and this is due to being further from the equator, the virtual line drawn around the latitudinal center of the earth, where the sun’s rays are more focused.

    Please let me know if I can explain anything else for you. Just ask…anything…especially spelling and grammar.

  38. dodgerlakerfan1969 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    The biglabreeski, so how about when your defense is playing bad and giving up points? Is that a good barometer? Lol. Sorry to tell you Brady is number 1 under those circumstances too. Did you bother checking the information? Of course not. Lol.

    I did bother. If only my post awaiting moderator would load, you’d have your answer. As far as 21+ points, it’s arbitrary. Typically, stats that are that specific are cherry-picked. How did he do when they were giving up 28? or 35? Believe what you will, but only 1 qb is the most accurate of all time, and he’s on his way to the big dance this year…book it. I have a ton of respect for Brady as a QB…the second best of all time. I’m hoping we get to face the Pats (if they don’t melt) this time around…it was too bad he couldn’t manage to get there in 2009…that shellacking in nola might’ve had something to do with it. Would be some good heads to have on his wall, Brady and Manning.

  39. Thebiglabreeski, stats are arbitrary when they don’t confirm your bias. You can also Google “A comparison of QB W-L record vs points allowed” on Reddit to see the totals for all point ranges. Brady leads the pack in almost every category. Unfortunately for all you clowns Brady and this statistics hold up to all the greats. He’s not Terry Bradshaw or Joe Montana. He has the Rings, the comebacks, game winning drives, stats and wins. He’s the epitome of greatness. Have fun chewing on all the GOAT talk. It’s only gonna get more sickening for all you Brady haters.

  40. Also Google this for more recent data. “QB Winning Percentage In Comparison To Opponents Points Scored.” It’s hilarios that a guy that seems so smart and literate can’t be objective. Come on biglabreeski. Bree’s is better than Peyton. I’ll give you that and I can help provide the proof.

  41. “It is also one that could create a difference of opinion about how much Brees should make in 2018 and beyond, although that will have to be balanced against who else they might be able to plug into the offense.”

    Ask Denver how that’s going with the QB shuffle after Peyton.

  42. Remember that time Brady was injured for a long stretch and Bill B. kept the team winning like crazy anyway.

    I think of Brees as the greatest QB of all time. Brady is a great quarterback too, but having the greatest coach to ever live on the sidelines makes Brady look better than he really is. BB makes that whole TEAM better than it should be. As evidence, I submit that when Brady was out a few years ago, the Pats kept rolling like nothing was wrong. Take away the star QB from any other team, and the team gets slaughtered.

    Brady is great. But Bill B. makes him greater than he would be alone. Individually, Brees is better than Brady. As a duo, Bill B. and Brady have had more success than anyone.

    Individually, Brees has the stats to make him the G.O.A.T.
    With Bill B., Brady has the rings to make him the G.O.A.T. But, I feel like Bill could have done that with any top tier quarterback. Brady is great, but the Pats are good even when he is out.

  43. genericuser8888 says:
    November 15, 2017 at 4:11 am
    Remember that time Brady was injured for a long stretch and Bill B. kept the team winning like crazy anyway.
    —–/
    That time you’re referring to them “winning like crazy” was a drop in 5 wins from Brady with essentially the same team. 16-0 vs 11-5. That’s a big drop off, 5 wins

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