Drew Brees is sticking with the Saints for the remainder of his career.
During his Tuesday appearance on Hardwick & Richards on XTRA 1360-AM, the 38-year-old quarterback said he has no intention of leaving the team he’s spent the last 12 seasons with despite stalled contract talks.
“I’ll handle 2018 when 2018 gets here, but right now I’m in the moment, I’m in 2017,” Brees said. “We’re trying to get a little bit better each and every week. I feel like we’ve got a great opportunity ahead of us and I don’t plan on leaving New Orleans ever.
“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. Right now, I’m in the moment.”
The Saints are riding a seven-game winning streak that has put them atop the NFC South after a 0-2 start to the season, which is a favorable moment for a squad that hasn’t had a winning season since 2013 when they went 11-5 before falling to the Seahawks in the divisional round of the playoffs. If the organization hopes to maintain its momentum, they’ll need their franchise quarterback under center. But at what cost?
According to Spotrac, the Saints are estimated to have approximately $30 million in salary cap space for 2018. The numbers aren’t ideal for an aging veteran who turns 39 in January, though negotiations can be made.
Brees is set to become a free agent at the end of this season after signing a one-year contract extension last September. Like Tom Brady, the 10-time Pro Bowler is prepared to play into his 40s if a deal can be reached.
Brees has thrown for 2,398 yards with 13 touchdowns and ranks seventh in the NFL in passing yards per game (266.4). Meanwhile, his offense is second in the league with an average of 402.4 yards per game.