"Sports Talk" with Bobby Hebert & Deke Bellavia
Text Us: 870870
Studio: (504)260.1870
A   A   A
 Follow 
Share

Posted: Thursday, 22 May 2014 5:11PM

Brees says he'd like to play into his 40s



Brett Martel / Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees has been joking about retirement lately on national television.

For now, it's just part of a fictional advertising campaign for an open-air, three-wheel vehicle which Brees' football contract forbids him from riding.

The truth is, even as Brees enters his 14th NFL season at the age of 35, he plans to play well beyond the three seasons left on his current deal with New Orleans.

"I joke about retirement, but I'm not naive," Brees said this week while doing promotional work for the Can-Am Spyder. "I've played 13 years and it's gone by so fast. Each and every year, it's just like, 'Wow, I made it through another year.'

Coming off three straight seasons with 5,000-plus yards passing, there's no sign of decline yet.

"Do I hope I can play into my 40s? Yes, I do. As long as I'm healthy and playing at a high level, then why not?" Brees added. "I certainly don't take it for granted and know that obviously you've got to prove yourself every year."

This season, he'll have to prove himself without two players who helped him set a slew of franchise and NFL passing records during the past few seasons: running back Darren Sproles, who was traded to Philadelphia, and receiver Lance Moore, who was released and since signed by Pittsburgh.

Brees is eager to see how New Orleans' offense evolves and figures first-round draft pick Brandin Cooks will play a significant part in that process.

"There's no doubt he's a guy who has the ability to be a big contributor for us on offense this year," Brees said.

It would be a mistake to view Cooks as a replacement for Sproles, Brees said, because they play different positions. Still, Brees sees similarities.

"They're both kind of smaller guys but extremely quick, versatile, matchup problems," Brees said.

"Then you lose a guy like Lance Moore who could play outside and inside," Brees continued. "Cooks is a guy who can play outside and inside, so maybe there's a correlation there. Again, you lose a versatile guy and you get a versatile guy."

Cooks took part in Saints rookie camp last weekend but then returned to Oregon State to finish out the school year. Brees won't get to work with him for another month or so.

"Now it's just a matter of us spending time together, just like I had with Lance and Sproles, to develop that rapport and kind of see how he works himself into the offense," Brees said.

One aspect of the offense Brees does not expect to change is the production of Jimmy Graham, regardless of the tight end's current hold out for a contract extension. Brees went through a similar episode in 2012, when he, like Graham now, was designated as the Saints' franchise player, blocking him from free agency while saddling him with an unsatisfactory one-year deal.

Brees ultimately signed a five-year, $100 million deal shortly before a mid-July deadline to reach an extension. Brees accepted that protracted period of limbo as part of the business of the NFL and has little doubt Graham does as well.

"I really haven't thought twice about it. I know this is part of the deal," Brees said of Graham's holdout. "This is the process sometimes. We text pretty often, actually, and a lot of times just as friends, really nothing to do with football."

Graham's current franchise tag would pay him $7 million, but the NFL Players Association has filed a grievance on Graham's behalf which states he should receive a wide receiver tag worth $12.3 million because he most often lined up split out from the offensive line last season. An arbitration hearing is scheduled to start on June 17, unless a long-term extension is reached before then.

"I know he wants to be (at offseason workouts and practices) with us, just like me two years ago," Brees said. "The big thing is, don't take it personal and this will happen in due time — hopefully sooner than later so we can get some time together before the season."


Filed Under :  
Topics : Sports
Social :
Locations : New OrleansPhiladelphiaPittsburgh
People : Brett MartelDarren SprolesDrew BreesJimmy GrahamLance Moore
A   A   A
 Follow 
Share
Deke's Blog
Bobby: Saints should aim for a Draft class that looks like '06
The time has come. It’s NFL Draft Day and our boys are fired up and ready to roll! “How can you not be excited?" said a fired up Bobby Hebert. "The Saints have nine picks, the team is getting a lot of attention from other...
Read More
Saints GM Loomis: Our focus is on getting better right now
Saints Executive Vice President Mickey Loomis addressed the media today, just before his club participates in the 2015 NFL Draft.  “You just don’t know what kind of call you might get,” Loomis said when asked if he may be...
Read More
Detillier on Saints, NFL Draft: "It's crunch time!"
He’s been covering the draft for nearly 30 years, so when he talks, people listen.  NFL Analyst Mike Detiller is one busy man right now and Mike has been gearing up for this weekend’s 2015 NFL Draft. “This is the time when you...
Read More
Monty: I feel this season was a great success for Pelicans
The most successful Pelicans season in four years came to an end as the #1 seeded Golden State Warriors finished off a clean sweep of the #8 seeded New Orleans Pelicans.  New Orleans Coach Monty Williams put a wrap on the season with his final press...
Read More
Tigers coach: How can you not like where we are?
The LSU Tigers were 3-1 last week after a midweek win over Tulane and the Bayou Bengals took two out of three from #2 Texas A&M this weekend. The Tigers are ranked #1 in five of the college baseball polls.  This week the Tigers face four...
Read More
Hokie's Blog
Bobby's Blog
Kristian's Blog
Post-draft, Saints start releasing veteran players
The Saints have the draft in the books, and are already parting ways with some veterans on the roster. According to a league source, the Saints have released LB Kyle Knox after a nine-member draft class saw six selections (including 3 linebackers)...
Read More
Kristian: A surface review of the 2015 Saints draft class
This is usually the day all the experts hand out draft grades for the Saints and other NFL teams, and I've see anywhere from B+ to C- for the Black and Gold. While I don't get into the grading of the draft until a full season with that class has been...
Read More
Kristian: Names to watch for Saints in round 2
The Saints own three selections on day two of the draft, and could go in a number of directions with the 44th pick (12th pick in round 2). Here are a few players to keep an eye on: wide receivers Jalen Strong (Arizona State) Devin Smith (Ohio State)...
Read More
Hokie: I'm surprised, but I like Andrus Peat pick
For the first time in the Sean Payton era, the Saints grabbed an offensive lineman in the first round…Stanford's Andrus Peat.  This continues the off-season effort to rebuild the offensive line.  "He's a plug and play...
Read More
Payton: Saints won't take QB in 1st round
The Saints are executing a very clear mission this off-season.  They want talent, but with that talent, the team also wants “toughness, intelligence and character,” said Director of Pro Scouting, Terry Fontenot.  That will continue...
Read More
NFL Draft

Team News
Saints Schedule
Team Leaders
Division Standings
NFC Standings
ADVERTISEMENT

Contests

FACEBOOK

1 Thing

Contact Us

WWL iPhone App

Powered By InterTech Media, LLC™