Drew Brees will be a New Orleans Saint next season; that much is for sure. The team nabbed its quarterback with the franchise tag at the beginning of this month, guaranteeing he'll be in town until at least the end of 2012.
But yesterday when speaking at a public appearance with Mayor Mitch Landrieu in New Orleans, Brees went further than that, saying he wants to remain in the Big Easy long-term.
"My goal will be and always has been to get a long-term contract with the New Orleans Saints that will keep me here my entire career," Brees said, according to NFL.com. "I'm going to continue to work toward that."
Brees made it known at the time the Saints tagged him that he wasn't happy, but he remains optimistic about working out a deal to remain a Saint for life.
The quarterback also addressed the team's bounty scandal for the first time yesterday, expressing concern for his suspended head coach Sean Payton. "The entire team loves our coach," he said. "We'd do anything for him and certainly are with him during this time. Just understanding how difficult it is and we're all trying to get through it. We're hoping for the best."