General manager Mickey Loomis conceded Wednesday that he's "not afraid" to draft a quarterback if the right one falls in his lap.
"But I don't see the end for Drew Brees on the short-term horizon. At least I certainly hope not. But it does take time for these quarterbacks to develop. And we're conscious of that."
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports Baylor's Bryce Petty is under consideration for the Saints in the first round. The team worked him out privately and believe he's the best passer in the draft. Per Rapoport, New Orleans could draft Petty and sit him for two years like the Packers did with Aaron Rodgers. Brees is under contract for just two more seasons and will be 38 by the end of 2016, so the plan is plausible.
Whether the Saints really see Petty that way or if it's a smokescreen designed to throw their competition off the scent of a different quarterback remains to be seen.