Drew Brees has no intention of leaving Saints

Drew Brees is technically soon to be a free agent, but he has no intention of leaving the New Orleans Saints.

The star quarterback is a free agent in March, but Brees told the NFL Network that he will still be a Saints player in 2018.

"I'm not going anywhere else," he said Thursday at the Pro Bowl in Orlando.

General manager Mickey Loomis echoed that sentiment earlier this week when he told the New Orleans Times-Picayune: "We want him to be our quarterback, and we'll get going on that at some point."

Brees, who turned 39 in January, has been with the Saints since 2006 and led them to a Super Bowl championship in 2009. 

He has thrown for at least 4,000 yards in each of his 12 seasons with the Saints, setting an NFL record for most seasons with at least 4,000 passing yards. 

His five seasons with at least 5,000 passing yards are also an NFL record. He is one of eight quarterbacks to throw seven touchdown passes in a single game, and the last to do so in 2015. 

Brees threw at least one touchdown pass in an NFL-high 54 straight games. He is less than 1,500 yards shy of moving past both Brett Favre and Peyton Manning for the most passing yards in NFL history - a mark he could reach by Week 6 of the 2018 season.

Though he is without a contract in 2018, the Saints would be on the hook for an $18million salary cap hit if they cannot strike a new deal to restructure that cap hit. 

Brees played for $24.25 million in 2017 and showed no signs of slowing down with 4,334 yards and 23 touchdowns to eight interceptions. 

He set a single-season NFL record by completing 72 percent of his passes while leading the league with 386 completions. 

Head coach Sean Payton also spoke of his belief that Brees will return, saying: "He's coming back. We'll get this done."

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