Drew Brees says he believes he and Sean Payton will be back with the Saints next season _lowres

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton talks to quarterback Drew Brees (9) before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Speculation has swirled throughout this season that the New Orleans Saints could be coming to the end of the most successful era in franchise history.

Both Sean Payton and Drew Brees, the two men most associated with that era, have both been rumored to possibly move in the offseason, Payton as a coaching target and Brees as a potential cap casualty given his $30 million cap figure next year.

Brees doesn’t see either himself or Payton leaving this offseason.

“No, I don’t,” Brees said in an appearance on NFL Network. “I think a plan was put in place throughout last offseason as to how we were going to build the foundation to make a run at it in the future, and I think that includes new faces, that includes new players that I think will all come together.”

New Orleans (6-9) has already gone through plenty of overhaul, shaking up the front office, changing defensive coordinators and trading away several offensive pieces in order to start building a foundation.

Not all of those moves have paid immediate dividends, but Brees remains confident in the Saints’ direction.

“Unfortunately, we had high expectations going into this year, and we fell a little bit short, but I’m confident with the character, the leadership, the talent that we have that exists on our team right now, we will be able to make that run in the future,” Brees said.

Brees believes the Saints can be a contender again with this team soon.

“I feel like we’re building something great with our team that hopefully we’ll be able to make a run at it in the future,” Brees said.