Nothing 'different' as Saints GM wants Brees back

  • By Grant Gordon
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Though 2020 is set to be Drew Brees' age-41 season, it should be of no surprise that the Saints want the all-time great to remain in New Orleans.

General manager Mickey Loomis said as much on Wednesday from the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, indicating that the franchise wanted the all-time passing yards and touchdowns leader for as long as he wanted to keep on playing.

"No different than it's been the last few years," Loomis said per ESPN's Mike Triplett.

An impending free agent with his contract automatically voiding on March 18, Brees rebounded from a thumb injury to key the Saints' run to another NFC South title this past season.

"It's easy to take him for granted yet I don't take him for granted," Loomis said of Brees.

Questions about Brees' age were somewhat quelled when his play got better down the stretch of the season as he threw 16 touchdowns and no interceptions over his final five regular-season games, toppling Peyton Manning's all-time TD record along the way.

"Look, if any of us are surprised at what he does," Loomis said, "then we're just not very smart."

For a third season running, Brees led the NFL in completion percentage with a ridiculous 74.3 to go with 27 touchdowns to only four interceptions. However, the last time Saints fans saw Brees was in New Orleans' 26-20 upset loss to Minnesota in the NFC Wild Card. Brees was efficient to the tune of 26-for-33 for 208 yards with a touchdown and an interception, but was often limited going downfield and came up short leading the offense in the clutch, as they went just four of 11 on third downs.

Loomis and the Saints brass appear confident in their signal-caller being 41 years young and confident they'll keep him around in New Orleans.