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Draft Scout Drew Brees News
01/17/18 - QB Drew Brees told ESPN that he does not plan to test free agency or wait until the start of the new NFL year on March 14 to sign a contract with the New Orleans Saints, which could cost him negotiating leverage.
However, Brees admitted that two days after the Saints were eliminated from the playoffs on an amazing play by the Minnesota Vikings is too soon to talk about contract decisions.
"We're just two days removed, so I really haven't given it a ton of thought -- other than, I know where my mindset's been the whole time, and that's that I'll be here," said Brees, who turned 39 on Monday.
"... I'm not in the mood to make anything secretive. It's the same way I felt two days ago. It's the same way I felt 12 years ago. That is that I'll be here as long as they'll have me, hopefully."
Brees said there is a "process" that will begin after the Saints' coaches work at the Pro Bowl, end-of-season meetings with the staff and the NFL scouting combine.
It is expected that he will sign another short-term deal, along the lines of the one-year contract extension he signed in September 2016 that was worth $24.25 million.
01/15/18 - QB Drew Brees passed for 294 yards and three touchdowns for New Orleans, which overcame a 17-0 deficit in the second half.
01/15/18 - QB Drew Brees, as an unrestricted free agent this offseason, can go anywhere he wants. He made it clear, though, he'd like to stay with the New Orleans Saints after 12 seasons with the team.
"This one will sting," he said after a last-play 29-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in an NFC divisional playoff game.
"But when you reflect on the season itself and what we were able to accomplish, the memories that we made, the relationships that were built and just the way this team came together, it really leaves me excited for the future of Saints football, especially when I think about this window over the next few years."
01/08/18 - QB Drew Brees passed for 376 yards and two touchdowns, including an 80-yarder to Ted Ginn Jr. that "broke the seal" on the game in the first half of the Saints' 31-26 wild-card playoff victory over the Carolina Panthers.
Brees completed 23-of-33 passes (69.6 percent), and he now has 3,915 career passing yards in the postseason, ranking him 10th in NFL history. The 376 yards were the fourth most in an NFL playoff game.
Brees also has 329 career completions in the postseason, 10th in league history.
"He's a Hall of Fame quarterback," Carolina cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said.
"When he has time, he's going to find players downfield," Carolina head coach Ron Rivera said. "Unfortunately, that's what he did. He got a little bit too much a couple of times and was able to advance the ball downfield. Their chunk yardage was tremendous."
Saints head coach Sean Payton simply marvels at Brees' ability to dissect coverages. Brees will turn 39 on Jan. 15.
"You start looking at how Drew has played in these games at home," Payton said. "There is a sense of urgency throughout the week. You just sense it around your team you get to this stage of the season, the experience these guys have varies."
01/08/18 - QB Drew Brees completed 23-of-33 passes for 376 yards, his second-highest total of the season, and two touchdowns.
Even his interception wasn't as bad as it could have been because it came on fourth down and pushed the Panthers 16 yards further from the end zone than an incompletion would have to start their final possession. Brees found eight different receivers, most notably WRs Michael Thomas (eight catches, 131 yards) and Ted Ginn Jr. (4-115, 80-yard touchdown).