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Drew Brees open to contract restructuring after play-off exit

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has hinted he would be open to restructuring his contract and will do 'whatever it takes' to help his team.

The Saints play-off dream came to an end when they fell to defeat against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle on Saturday.

With their post-season over there has been a fair amount of reflection amongst both Brees and head coach Sean Payton, who spoke about the 'window of opportunity' following the defeat on Saturday.

Brees, who will turn 35 tomorrow, was keen to analyse his position in the team, and believes that everything is in place for the Saints to succeed in the future.

He said: "You look around and look at the veteran leadership on this team, you look at the young talent, you look at the systems in which we play, this organization and the expectation level that we've set for ourselves, the track record, and you would say the future is as bright as we want it to be.

"As hard as we're willing to work, it's all there for us. Now every year is a new year and you've got to re-establish that identity every year.

"The term 'window of opportunity,' in my opinion, is always there for us, for this team, for this organization, for this staff and this group of players. It's always open."

Brees may have to take a pay cut if he is to continue on with the Saints however. His current contract is worth in excess of $70 million over the next three years.

The Saints are looking at coming in at around $12 million over the projected salary cap of about $126 million next season according to NOLA.com.

When asked about restructuring his deal, Brees said: "Whatever I can do to help this team, if they want to come to me and extend me even further, that'd be great.

"Listen, there are so many possibilities as to what can happen here. Let's just let this offseason start. It's what, today's the second day of it unfortunately. We all wish it wasn't, but whatever helps this team win and puts the best team on the field."

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