Drew Brees has faith in the Saints’ organization and the direction it’s headed.
Brees has been making the rounds of radio shows on Tuesday morning, and he hadn’t heard the rumor that the Saints had discussed moving up to No. 1 for a quarterback until Rich Eisen informed him during his appearance on Eisen’s radio show.
But the rumor made the quarterback smile and laugh a bit before he offered a measured response.
“First of all, I worry about the things I can control,” Brees said. “I would doubt that probably was the case or a consideration. Even if it was, it does not affect my mentality or approach.”
ESPN reported later on Tuesday that there were no talks among the Saints about moving up to No. 1. Brees repeated several times on Tuesday over multiple media appearances that he has faith in the direction New Orleans is headed.
And he also offered an insight into the decision-making process that led to the Saints’ pursuit of cornerback Josh Norman, who ultimately signed with Washington early this week.
Brees was willing to modify his contract if it meant getting Norman.
“When he became available, it was such a shock,” Brees said. “I knew we’d have an interest, because we’ve played against him for four years.”
Brees also revealed that he’s often asked about free agent decisions, in part for the coaching staff to see if he’s gotten a read on the player in their interactions.
With Norman, Brees ultimately has played against him so much that he knew how good the former Carolina Panther has become.
“I’m a player, and I don’t make personnel decisions. Now, when asked. … I’ll certainly add my two cents in when asked,” Brees said. “I trust our organization.”
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