There’s been a lot of speculation this year about whether quarterback Drew Brees and coach Sean Payton will remain with the Saints in 2016.
Payton has said several times that he has no plans to leave New Orleans and that he has faith the Saints can get back on track after a pair of losing seasons. During an interview with Mike Florio on Tuesday’s PFT Live, Brees echoed those sentiments.
While he knows that there’s always speculation about changes heading into the offseason, he said that he can’t see himself with a team other than the Saints or playing for a coach other than Payton.
“Bottom line, I don’t see myself in any other helmet than a Saints helmet and I don’t see myself playing for any coach other than Sean Payton,” Brees said. “I know there’s all kind of speculation, especially when you’re not heading to the playoffs. Everybody immediately wants to jump to what are they going to do this offseason and how’s it going to look for next season. I’m confident that a plan was laid out last offseason for how we’re going to build this thing back to where we can make a run.”
If part of that plan includes a way to lower Brees’ cap number of $30 million, it would go a long way toward both ensuring Brees remains in New Orleans and that the Saints can address some of the problem areas that have contributed to their disappointing results over the last two years.
For more with Brees, tune into PFT Live at noon ET on Tuesday. You can listen to all three hours live via the various NBC Sports Radio affiliates, through the links at PFT, or with the NBC Sports Radio app.