Brees: If I play in 2020 it'll be with Saints
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Rumors of a potential retirement surged after quarterback Drew Brees couldn't confirm whether he'd return to the New Orleans Saints for the 2020 season following another heartbreaking playoff loss.

While the 41-year-old signal-caller admitted again Thursday that "it's not a given" he'll play a 20th season, he said if he does return, it will be with the club he's played for since 2006.

"I've never been in the situation where I said I was mulling over the thought of (returning)," Brees said during the Pro Bowl skills event. "To me, each one of these contracts, I don't know how many it's been with the Saints, I've played with them 14 years. Each one it's not a matter of if it gets done, it's when.

"Obviously, at this stage in my career, it's not a given that I'm coming back every year but when that time comes, I'll always be a Saint."

Brees is eligible for free agency this offseason.

The future Hall of Famer completed 74.3% of his pass attempts for 2,979 yards and 27 touchdowns against four interceptions through 11 games in 2019. He missed five contests due to a thumb injury suffered in Week 2.

Brees' desire to remain with the Saints until he calls it a career appears mutual, as general manager Mickey Loomis said Wednesday that the club wants the quarterback for as long as he wants to play.

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