WWL- You guys had to make significant locker room changes last year and how much this year do you think is necessary?“A lot of that has been resolved from last year to this year and I mean I think it’s obvious we need to make some improvements in areas that are going to help us consistently win more games. When you come off a 7-9 season obviously where were we lacking or where do we need to get better or what more do we need to do and I think that is the evaluation process that takes place here over the next few weeks, two months and then you think about obviously the draft and free agency and all those things. There are always guys you might lose and there are always guys you can gain, but I think the core is part of that foundation that is your success moving forward.”
If they came to you and asked you to extend (your contract) would you?
“Absolutely, yes absolutely.”
I got to be honest, I am only writing this because I have no faith in the intelligence, or lack thereof, of the general public. The idea that Drew Brees would agree to extend his contract, thus decreasing his astronomical large salary cap hit next year, is not news to me. Sure, this may have been the first time he has said it out loud. However, you would have to think that the Saints organization and it's starting quarterback of nearly a decade aren't on speaking terms to think this wasn't already discussed, in detail, during the season. In other words, you would have to be a complete moron.
It has been repeated ad neaseum by Brees himself. There was an organizational plan heading into this year. A plan to build his team back up into a SuperBowl contender. A plan whose institution was very clearly going to take longer than one calendar year. Not only did that plan include a fairly extreme overall of the roster, as evidenced by the 25 new players that suited up for the Saints this year, but it was also predicated on cap space. Cap space that the Saints would be completely void of if Drew Brees contract was taking up near 20% of it. I guess what I'm trying to to say is that Drew Brees was never going to take up that much room under the salary cap. Not when this past season started, not when they agreed to restructure his deal halfway through this past season and increased his cap hit for next season, and certainly not now.
Does that mean that Drew Brees will "absolutely" be the Saints starting quarterback next year? No, it does not, although that possibility is beginning to resemble a likelihood. It means that he knew that his contract would end up getting in the way of fielding a formidable team in 2016, and that he would have to extend it if he wanted to remain a New Orleans Saint. Everything Brees has said since beating the Atlanta Falcons yesterday shows an inclination to stay in this New Orleans, and I can't see any reason why that feeling wouldn't be mutual.