Drew Brees is already widely considered by many as one of the greatest quarterbacks to have ever played in the NFL, but he will be a free agent in just a matter of weeks.
Since joining the Saints in 2006, Brees has not only helped the team win their first Super Bowl at Super Bowl XLIV, but he has also passed for over 5,000 yards in a season five times, led the league in passing touchdowns four times, and in passing yards a record seven times.
Brees also has a number of NFL records to his name, but the most significant one he has at the moment is that he has gone the most consecutive games with a touchdown pass with 54. He was one miracle play away from leading his team to the NFC Championship game this season as well.
The 39-year-old has already expressed a strong interest to stay with the New Orleans Saints, and possibly for the rest of his career since he has created so much history with the franchise. However, the Saints haven't yet to reveal their hand on the issue.
Brees has signed three contracts with the Saints, the latest being a one-year, $24.25-million extension in 2016. Yet, due to his now free agent status, the team could look towards the future by going with a younger quarterback as their starter for the 2018 season.
Speaking recently to ESPN's Mike Triplett, Saints' general manager Mickey Loomis revealed that the franchise shares the same desire as Brees as they want the quarterback to stay in New Orleans next season as well.
Loomis said: "We want him to be our quarterback, and we'll get going on that at some point. He doesn't have a contract, which has happened before. We just finished our season ... We'll get to it. I'm not anticipating any big issues, so we'll see."
When speaking of Brees' performance in 2017 which saw the Saints reach the divisional round of the playoffs, the general manager said: "I thought he was fantastic. It's beyond the numbers. It's the leadership. He's the face of our organization. He's embraced being identified with New Orleans and all those things that are good for our community and him as well."
Brees would be a welcomed addition to any franchise around the league, but considering the weapons he will have on offense in New Orleans next season, he wants to stay put, and it sounds like the team wants him as well.