The New Orleans Saints and quarterback Drew Brees have been an inseparable force for a number of years now.
They won a Super Bowl together, and Brees is an icon amongst the Who Dat nation.
But at 35 years old, he can only lead the franchise for a limited number of years to come.
And with that, reports coming out of this year's NFL Combine (primarily from Matt Miller at Bleacher Report) suggest that the franchise could be preparing to draft a QB early at the draft.
This has seen the Saints apparently meet with high level quarterback prospects who are projected to be late first-round/early second-round picks.
Sea Payton's team currently have the number 27 pick this year, and while that obviously rules them out of attaining play-callers such as Bortles or Manziel, the 2014 class includes the likes of A.J. McCarron, Zach Mettenburger and Derek Carr who could be taken by the franchise and groomed as an eventual replacement for Brees.
It remains to be seen whether they are impressed enough by any of the candidates to take a punt on a quarterback with their first round pick, but that they are even considering it shows that the franchise are planning for the post-Brees era nice and early.