Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees calls a play at the line during the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in Minneapolis.

AP photo by Bruce Kluckhohn

ORLANDO, Fla. — Drew Brees’ contract situation will remain the biggest storyline surrounding the Saints until the quarterback puts pen to paper.

But all parties involved have made it sound like a non-issue. Brees made the strongest statement yet following Thursday’s Pro Bowl practice when asked where he will be playing football next season.

“New Orleans Saints,” he said. “I’m not going anywhere else.”

Brees’ contract is set to expire in March. If a resolution is not reached beforehand, New Orleans will be on the hook for $18 million in dead money due to the way his contract is structured. If a resolution is reached, the Saints will still have to account for the money, but they would be able to push it down the line.

When speaking with reporters on Wednesday at the Senior Bowl, general manager Mickey Loomis voiced confidence that a deal will get done.

“He doesn’t have a contract, which has happened before,” Loomis said. “We want him to be our quarterback, and we’ll get going on that at some point. … I’m not anticipating any big issues.”

Brees, 39, signed a one-year extension in 2016 that was worth $24.5 million.

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