Speaking on NFL Gameday Morning, Rapoport said the Saints are starting to think about life after Drew Brees, who has been the team's quarterback since 2006. Brees turns 36 in January.
"They believe they can see the finish line here," said Rapoport. "In fact, they wish they had done this in previous years, mainly because, as you mentioned, Drew Brees is 35 years old, he's not as big as Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, and they've seen some arm strength issues that have cropped up in the last several games, throwing crucial interceptions -- the kind which we never see from Drew Brees. They're starting to wonder what is next at this position."
Top quarterbacks who could potentially declare for the 2015 draft include Oregon's Marcus Mariota, Florida State's Jameis Winston, Mississippi State's Dak Prescott, Michigan State's Connor Cook, Baylor's Bryce Petty and UCLA's Brett Hundley.
Brees had thrown for 3,748 yards, 27 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while completing 70.3 percent of his passes this season. The quarterback has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of the last six seasons and was named the AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year in both 2008 and 2011.
The Saints are 5-7 and tied for first in the NFC South after defeating the Steelers (7-5) 35-32 in Pittsburgh on Sunday.
- Molly Geary