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Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton talks to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) and New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson (82) during the fourth quarter Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Carolina won 41-10.

Drew Brees has heard all the talk and all the whispers.

He heard rumors about how he was being traded here and speculation about why he should be traded there. He dismissed it all.

And, if the Saints for some reason decide to draft a quarterback next week, Brees will approach it in a similar manner. He’ll simply keep going about his job and worry about the things he can control.

“That’s their prerogative,” Brees said during an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show. “At the end of the day, you’re trying to acquire talent and you’re thinking long term.

“That doesn’t change my mindset or my preparation or my approach one bit. You know, I’ve been in those situations before. If the idea is to prepare for the future, then great. If the idea is to bring somebody in to compete with me, then that’s fine too.

“At the end of the day, I don’t control that. And I think competition brings out the best in everybody. No one’s gonna push me harder than I’m gonna push myself. So for that reason, I don’t concern myself with any of that.”