Drew Brees ‘absolutely’ willing to extend contract with Saints, wants to finish career in New Orleans _lowres

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) moves to the field before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Drew Brees wants to finish his career as a Saint.

He made that clear after leading New Orleans to a 20-17 victory over Atlanta on Sunday.

And Brees left no doubt on Monday that he’d be willing to extend his contract, which currently carries a $30 million cap hit in the final year of his deal in 2016.

“Absolutely,” Brees said.

Brees’ cap hit has been the subject of plenty of national speculation this season, with reports from the NFL Network swirling that Brees will have to give the Saints a hometown discount to finish his career in the city where he became a Hall of Famer.

New Orleans’ salary cap is projected to be over the league’s limit, and although the Saints can cut costs elsewhere, lowering Brees’ figure would offer immediate relief.

Brees turns 37 in January, but he’s coming off of an impressive season where he completed 68.3 percent of his passes for an NFL-leading 4,870 yards, 32 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

But don’t expect Brees to offer any more details on any potential negotiations.

“If those conversations do take place, it would be between myself, my agent, Mickey Loomis and whoever else in this organization that it needs to take place with,” Brees said last week. “You guys would only know when you are ready to know.”

Brees’ contract becomes guaranteed if he’s on the roster on March 12.

If he’s still on the roster at that point, the Saints’ franchise quarterback isn’t going anywhere.

“I want to be here,” Brees said Sunday. “I want to play for the Saints. I don’t want to play for anybody else.”