"There's no truth to any of that," Payton said. "He's a part of where we're going and we've got a number of areas we've got to improve on, but his production and where we've been able to finish offensively, those things will take care of themselves."
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, when Payton was asked about potentially finding a successor for Brees, he said he still sees "a lot of good football left" in the 36-year-old. Payton also said he is open to drafting a quarterback if the value fits.
Brees completed 69.2% of his passes last season and tied for the NFL lead in passing yards with 4,952. He also threw 33 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.
A former second-round draft pick in 2001, Brees has been named to each of the last seven Pro Bowls.
- Molly Geary