Drew Brees plans to stay with Saints beyond 2017-18

Nov 12, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws a pass during the first quarter a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
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Drew Brees may be turning 39 years old in January, but he has no plans to walk away from football — or the New Orleans Saints — after the 2017-18 season. Speaking on XTRA 1360 AM, Brees talked about his contract status and his desire to continue playing in the city that he has made his home.

“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.”

Brees is having yet another excellent season, leading New Orleans on a seven-game win streak and to a 7-2 record — the second-best mark in the entire NFC and good for first place in the NFC South division. He leads the NFL in completion percentage at 71.7, which would represent a single-season career-high statistic if he’s able to maintain the number. Brees has thrown for 2,398 yards, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions. He has a 104 passer rating this season.

The veteran quarterback has entered the 2017-18 campaign with $19 million in salary on the final year of his contract. It’s unknown what Brees would want in terms of salary to play in 2018-19 or 2019-20, but considering his status as a Saints legend and the competitiveness of the roster, it would be in the best interest of both sides to find an appropriate deal in the offseason.

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