Drew Brees draws line in the sand about his New Orleans Saints future

New Orleans Saints v Carolina Panthers

The New Orleans Saints have had one of the NFL's best offenses since Drew Brees took over at quarterback in 2006, but their rise in the standings this year is based primarily on a much-improved defense.

Still, the 38-year-old Brees hasn't lost a step, and the Saints' offense is as dangerous as ever behind the future Hall-of-Fame quarterback.

However, the Saints will need to negotiate a new contract with the star quarterback this offseason if they want to keep him around, as his current deal is set to expire at the end of the year. Fortunately for the New Orleans front office, though, it sounds like Brees is happy where he is right now.

During an appearance on KLSD-AM in San Diego on Tuesday, Brees said he has no plans to ever leave New Orleans (via The Advocate):

"I'll handle 2018 when 2018 gets here. But right now I'm in the moment. I'm in 2017," Brees said. "... I don't plan on leaving New Orleans ever.

"We just have a great understanding here. Listen, we're going to go through this season, and we'll revisit it in the offseason. Right now, I'm in the moment."

Brees is making a huge salary of $24.5 million this season, but that's still a bargain considering what some of the league's top quarterbacks are earning these days.

However, since Brees will be 39 years old next season, it's safe to say he won't be receiving a long, multi-year contract from the Saints, who would likely prefer to keep him on a one- or two-year deal when they start negotiations this offseason.

It would be hard for the Saints to not sign Brees again, as he is the best quarterback in franchise history and led the team to the only Super Bowl win in franchise history back in the 2009 season.

For now, though, Brees and the Saints are only focused on this season, which has turned out to be a good one in the Big Easy.

New Orleans Saints v Buffalo Bills

Currently, the Saints are 7-2 and hold a half-game lead over the second-place Carolina Panthers in the NFC South. Just last weekend, the Saints crushed the Buffalo Bills in Buffalo by a score of 47-10 to extend their winning streak to seven games after an 0-2 start.

Again, the turnaround is mostly thanks to an improved defense, but Brees and the offense are still plugging away. Brees has thrown for 2,398 yards, 13 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He's showing no signs of his age and could continue to be a big part of the Saints' plans for the next couple of years.

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