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Sean Payton is pretty sure Drew Brees still wants to play

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees turns 41-years-old in the middle of this month, and after a third straight heartbreaking playoff exit, you have to wonder how much he has left in the tank mentally.

Brees did not discuss his future plans following the Saints’ Wild Card Round loss to the Minnesota Vikings this past Sunday, but it is obviously something that will be a hot topic until Brees announces his decision.

Saints head coach Sean Payton isn’t exactly sure of what Brees wants to do, but he does think that the quarterback ultimately still wants to play football:

“I can’t speak for Drew as to his wants. I think he wants to play more,” Payton said on Tuesday, per Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk. “We saw him play at a very high level. We’ll discuss every player on the roster. I don’t anticipate this grandiose meeting and phone call anytime soon.”

Brees put forth a so-so performance against the Vikings, completing 26 of his 33 throws for 208 yards, a touchdown and an interception in what ended up being a 26-20 overtime defeat.

The Super Bowl champion also had a thumb injury that kept him out of five regular-season games, but in the time he was on the field, he threw for 2,979 yards, 27 touchdowns, and four picks while completing an NFL-record 74.3 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 116.3, earning 13th Pro Bowl selection as a result.

Brees has been a member of the Saints since 2006, and during that span, he has led the league in passing yards seven times while pacing the NFL in passing touchdowns four times.