New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has flatly denied the rumors that the Saints were open to trading QB Drew Brees.
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At the NFL Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, Payton made it clear in no uncertain terms that the team had absolutely no intention of trading or moving their Super Bowl XLIV MVP quarterback.
“You can’t control it,” Payton said. “What do you do when there’s no truth to any of it? There’s not one iota. So, if someone’s written something like that, then it’s either been taken out of context completely or just fabricated. I think we’re in an age where we’re seeing a lot of speculative reporting as opposed to a story.”
At age 36, Brees is poised for an inevitable decline somewhere down the road – and with the recent trade of All-Pro TE Jimmy Graham, it looks as though the Saints may be looking for a complete roster overhaul sooner rather than later. Nonetheless, Payton maintained that there is no truth to any rumors linking Brees to a trade for a high draft pick in the 2015 NFL draft.
“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.”