Drew Brees: “I’m not going anywhere else”

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Drew Brees was as emphatic as he has been about his future, promising he will remain in New Orleans next season.

“New Orleans Saints,” Brees said, via Jenna Laine of ESPN. “I’m not going anywhere else.”

Brees is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March. But he wants to return, and the Saints want him to return.

“We want him to be our quarterback, and we’ll get going on that at some point,” General Manager Mickey Loomis said at the Senior Bowl this week. “We just finished our season. . . . We’ll get to it. I’m not anticipating any big issues, so we’ll see.”

Both sides seem content with another one-year deal. Now, it’s just a matter of figuring out the details.

Then, it’s about trying to win two more games than they won this year.

“I feel good about it,” Brees said. “I know the pieces are there, but it’s the mindset coming in every year. You never start where you finish. You never start off where you finished the preseason before. You start over. You’ve got to re-establish your identity. You’ve got to come in with a growth mindset that, ‘We’ve got to get better, and we’ve got to get better faster than everybody else.’”

41 responses to “Drew Brees: “I’m not going anywhere else”

  1. Good Grief! If the man better known as “DaBreeze” can’t get $35M per season, compared to Derek Carr (QB/Oakland)’s $25M, then something is most definitely wrong with the NFL.

    Brees, despite having only one (1) SB ring, is the greatest living “artisan” QB: one who can make every throw, especially “break-basket” throws-into-tight-windows. Aaron Rodgers “can’t touch this!”

  2. And I believe him. Brees has become an icon in New Orleans, owning restaurants and other ventures. He lives in the city, not the suburbs which is a huge thing to the natives. I do not think he would ever leave New Orleans, where he and his wife have four children, the eldest two must be in grade school. The family situation will weigh strongly in this decision. Unlike most NFL players, Brees was able to raise his family in one city in which he is king; I see the odds are stacked in favor of him returning under another one year contract. He is financially set for life already, the remaining money he makes in the league is lagniappe. Sean Peyton will tell him when it’s time, and word is Peyton loves Baker Mayfield who looks a lot like a Brees clone. No one would be shocked to see the Saints draft Mayfield if he’s available, and I think Brees would be a great mentor for two or more years.

  3. It’s astonishing that Vikings fans still obsess over the 2009 NFC championship. Especially after just losing it again. Did the Saints steal that too? It seems they did since the Vikes had no juice left once they went to Philly.

  4. Nuff said, Can’t wait to see what Drew Brees will accomplish in NEW ORLEANS after his playing days are over, He’s as much New Orleans as Mardi Grad, Gumbo & Bourdon St. Who Dat Nation, Let’s Go!!!!

  5. I know he has a family and all that, but New Orleans has handsomely rewarded him during his career, so how about taking a team friendly deal so the team can invest in more pieces to install around him?

    Brees may have lost a bit of velocity off his deep passes, but he still can make all the throws and is a great leader. The Saints are putting together a solid defense to go with their exciting offense, and the experiences of this season will only make them better.

    I’m not a Saints fan – I’m a Viking – but even I can see that this team is only a couple of players away from sending Brees off into the sunset with another deep run in the playoffs.

  6. word is Peyton loves Baker Mayfield who looks a lot like a Brees clone. No one would be shocked to see the Saints draft Mayfield if he’s available, and I think Brees would be a great mentor for two or more years.
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    It’s pretty comical that you think Mayfield is going to be available that late in the first round. There’s a lot of teams that need QBs this year and he’s a really good one, so don’t hold your breath on getting Mayfield. I’d be surprised if he makes it out of the top 10. Everything else you said about Brees and NOLA though is 100% accurate. Drew is a stand up human being and the people not just in NOLA but all of LA love that guy.

  7. Does this mean he’s finally gotten enough money ? Doubt it. He’s only made $200,000,000 so far.

  8. wallabear says:
    January 25, 2018 at 7:44 pm
    Good Grief! If the man better known as “DaBreeze” can’t get $35M per season, compared to Derek Carr (QB/Oakland)’s $25M, then something is most definitely wrong with the NFL.

    Brees, despite having only one (1) SB ring, is the greatest living “artisan” QB: one who can make every throw, especially “break-basket” throws-into-tight-windows. Aaron Rodgers “can’t touch this!”

    When will people understand that 10 carat diamonds comes in many different cuts and in many different settings. Brees, Brady, Rodgers all diamonds.

  9. I’m not a Saints fan – I’m a Viking – but even I can see that this team is only a couple of players away from sending Brees off into the sunset with another deep run in the playoffs.
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    One of the coolest comments by a Vikings fan.

  10. Enough whining from these vikes. Get over 2009 already. You got your revenge by winning on the luckiest of lucky plays after being abetted by the refs in the first half and an absolutely brilliant 2nd half performance by Brees. Then you went to Philly and pooped your pants all over the field, losing to an average team with a backup qb. What an embarrassing display by a team that obviously had no business being there.

  11. To all the Viking fans that thought they could nab Brees, its not happening. It hasn’t happened for that hapless franchise for 57 straight years and the next 57 years aren’t looking too good either.

  12. He and payton turned around a franchise that had only ONE postseaon win in its history. Say what you want, I have had the privilege of watching the purest pocket passer to ever play the game for the last 12 years. Season ticket holder since 2005

  13. lengai says:
    January 25, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    It’s astonishing that Vikings fans still obsess over the 2009 NFC championship. Especially after just losing it again. Did the Saints steal that too? It seems they did since the Vikes had no juice left once they went to Philly.

    ÷÷÷÷÷

    You would still be mad too if your team was the one that got cheated out of a Super Bowl appearance. Saints fans just get mad when they get reminded that their only SB win is tainted.

  14. You would still be mad too if your team was the one that got cheated out of a Super Bowl appearance. Saints fans just get mad when they get reminded that their only SB win is tainted.
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    Nah, that’s only the Vikings fanbase that believes that.

    #vikingstearsaredelicious

  15. To all the Viking fans that thought they could nab Brees, its not happening. It hasn’t happened for that hapless franchise for 57 straight years and the next 57 years aren’t looking too good either.

    >>

    We figured he would retire a Saint. Ya know, like when a franchise doesn’t alienate their icon at quarterback and he signs with a hated division rival. And do you really think your current Packers could have even competed against the Saint or Eagles? Not likely.

  16. “Saints fans just get mad when they get reminded that their only SB win is tainted.”

    They should be reminding Vikes fans that bountygate was one of Roger’s fabrications in which he told numerous lies just like the other “scandals” the league has created under vile Goodell.

    Somehow they went from “over 50,000 documents supporting bounties” or whatever ridiculous number Roger claimed to have, to a handful of blurry texts and emails that didn’t really prove anything.

  17. Vikings fan here – It would be hella cool to have Brees BUT why would he leave that core of great receivers and the dual threat at RB. I’ve been a Brees fan for a lot of years and he comes from a generation that keeps their word. I’m so over 2009 and look forward to seeing a few more Vikings/Saints match ups in the years to come hopefully.But in order for the Vikings to do that they need a franchise QB – Brees is that franchise QB. However, I’d lose a little respect for him if he went back on his word to the City of New Orleans and the Saints fan base. Great player and great all around guy. Enjoy it Saints fans franchise QBs don’t come around like this very often.

  18. Frazier28/7 says: “could have even competed against the Saint or Eagles?

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    I wouldn’t exactly call it “competing’ when you lose by 31 points to the Eagles. Choking maybe, but competing, definitely not. And the table was all set, a miracle beyond miracle play to beat the Saints, beating a second string QB to host the Superbowl on your own home turf is right in front of you and BOOM, it’s all gone now. If the Vikings were ever going to win a Superbowl, its was 2017, #1 rated defense, playing in your own home stadium, relatively few injuries, the table was set, what happened?

  19. lengai says:
    January 25, 2018 at 9:56 pm
    It’s astonishing that Vikings fans still obsess over the 2009 NFC championship. Especially after just losing it again. Did the Saints steal that too? It seems they did since the Vikes had no juice left once they went to Philly.
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    Exactly this. Three things that I didn’t see in this NFC Championship Game:

    2 interceptions thrown by Favre
    5 fumbles by Peterson
    12 men on the field by Childress

    But yeah. Let’s still hate on the Saints. At least they’re better than anyone we hate on in the NFC North.

  20. Sorry, but if you’re evidence of the Saints SB win was tainted is the defense of the bountygate ruling, then you’re easily duped.

    I’m beginning to think that the NFL is actually manufacturing all of these scandals to keep themselves in the news cycle and relevant in the off season as fans will constantly debate the merits of them.

  21. If Drew Brees has made over $200,000,000 playing football, then why can’t he own a decent car so that he can get to the stadium on time instead of trying to leech rides from his neighbors? (Hey, hope he likes ‘smooth jazz’).

  22. grumpysal says:
    January 26, 2018 at 11:59 am
    Sorry, but if you’re evidence of the Saints SB win was tainted is the defense of the bountygate ruling, then you’re easily duped.

    I’m beginning to think that the NFL is actually manufacturing all of these scandals to keep themselves in the news cycle and relevant in the off season as fans will constantly debate the merits of them.
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    Actually, there was no bountygate ruling. The whole charade was dropped once Jonathan Vilma challenged Goodell to a court case, where the ruling would have been against the NFL. Claiming 50,000 pages of evidence and then releasing 50 pages that don’t connect anything to anything else is not a ruling. Goodell was at a dead end so he brought in Paul Tagliabue who summarily dismissed all player suspensions and effectively swept the whole matter under the rug. Goodell’s attempt to look proactive in the face of the coming concussion lawsuit failed miserably.

    And now Vikings fans are ready to embrace Drew “I Need An Explanation” Brees as their savior.

    Strange days indeed.

  23. Here’s what Wiki says about “Bountygate”:
    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell responded with some of the most severe sanctions in the league’s 92-year history, and among the most severe punishments for in-game misconduct in North American professional sports history. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was suspended indefinitely, though this would be overturned the following year. Head coach Sean Payton was suspended for the entire 2012 season—the first time in modern NFL history that a head coach has been suspended for any reason. General manager Mickey Loomis was suspended for the first eight games of the 2012 season. Assistant head coach Joe Vitt was suspended for the first six games of the 2012 season. The Saints organization was penalized with a $500,000 fine and forced to forfeit their second-round draft selections in 2012 and 2013. On May 2, 2012, four current and former Saints players were suspended after being named as ringleaders in the scandal, with linebacker Jonathan Vilma also being suspended for the entire 2012 season—the longest suspension for an on-field incident in modern NFL history. However, former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue overturned all sanctions against the players on December 11, 2012 after finding that despite the players being “very much involved,” the coaches and the Saints organization were primarily responsible for the scandal.

    Yeah, the whole matter wasn’t exactly swept under the rug. You are correct in that Tagliabue overturned sanctions against the players (despite being very much involved) but declared that the coaches and Saints organization were primarily responsible. Williams, Payton, Loomis will always have this stain on the record. New Orleans won the title that year but you can hardly say it was ‘fair and square’. Enjoy the *asterisk attached to it.

  24. New Orleans won the title that year but you can hardly say it was ‘fair and square’. Enjoy the *asterisk attached to it.
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    Oh it was fair and square alright.

    2 interceptions thrown by Favre
    5 fumbles by Peterson
    12 men on the field by Childress

    Who does “Wiki” blame the loss to the Eagles on?

  25. ackattack22 says:
    January 26, 2018 at 12:07 pm
    If Drew Brees has made over $200,000,000 playing football, then why can’t he own a decent car so that he can get to the stadium on time instead of trying to leech rides from his neighbors? (Hey, hope he likes ‘smooth jazz’).

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    If you take a real close look at the commercial, Drew’s ride is blocking the driveway so dude he is asking for a lift couldn’t get out anyway. So he has no choice other than to ride with Smooth Jazz guy…..hahahahaha

  26. gridironmike says:

    January 26, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    New Orleans won the title that year but you can hardly say it was ‘fair and square’. Enjoy the *asterisk attached to it.
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    Oh it was fair and square alright.

    2 interceptions thrown by Favre
    5 fumbles by Peterson
    12 men on the field by Childress

    Who does “Wiki” blame the loss to the Eagles on?

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    The two interceptions might have happened due to Favre being concussed in that game due to cheap hits. Also there were like 7 penalties on late hits that were never called that would have put the Vikings in field goal range or the redzone.

    It doesn’t even matter. Wrong is wrong. The Saints were wrong even thou they got the win.

  27. Who cares 2009 NFC Championship game ancient history – I think there are only two players left on each team that played in the game Drew Brees and DE Brain Robison…lol Let it go fellow Viking brethren.

  28. ackattack22 says:
    January 26, 2018 at 12:43 pm
    Here’s what Wiki says about “Bountygate”:

    New Orleans won the title that year but you can hardly say it was ‘fair and square’. Enjoy the *asterisk attached to it.

    Not so much. You can say the coaches may have done some slimy things but no matter. Players can and do take other players out and their motivations are irrelevant in the end as it pertains to the ability to win a particular game. Can you point to one specific “bounty” hit that directly aided them that year? I’m not Saints fan so I don’t follow them that closely but seriously, name one.

    It does however cease to amaze me how people latch onto one thing and never let go. Does it really fill that hole in your football hearts to keep parroting mendacities? Does the attempt to make others feel bad ease the pain? I can tell you that no amount of pointing out how trollish folks can be ( couple of “pats fans” included) will ever turn 18-1 into 19-0. Don’t need to BTW. Didn’t turn out the way I hoped but still, no team has ever won 18 games in a season and so far pats fans are plying with house money in the SB Dept.

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