For much of the past decade, there was a sense in NFL circles that Brees might outlast Payton in New Orleans.
There were rampant rumors that Payton wanted to leave for another job — and, specifically, that he’d join forces with Jerry Jones and become the coach of the Dallas Cowboys, for whom he was once an assistant.
Currently, in Year 4 of the five-year, $45 million contract extension he signed in the spring of 2016, Payton sounds pretty attached to the Crescent City.
“This is home,” he said. “I have a house here. I’m here full-time. Every year, we do more (to upgrade the training facility).”
And what about the whispers that he’d try to leave for Dallas, or another locale? “I think if it ends, it means no one’s paying attention, and you’re not winning.”
History would suggest that Payton has many more victories in his future. Brees is in a much more tenuous position. Given that he likely doesn’t have many more chances to capture another championship, last January’s defeat may have been even more jolting to the quarterback. Yet like Payton, he’s determined not to dwell on the disappointment and is driven to deliver in its wake.
“I mean, listen — I could sit here for an hour and talk about just how devastating it was,” Brees said in August. “And yet, is there anything I can do about it? There’s not a darn thing I can do about it. And so, if I allow it to prevent me from moving forward, to accomplishing what I feel like is out there to still accomplish — shame on me.
“So, I’m not going to let that happen. I’ll try to use it as fuel for something more positive, just like we did the year before with the Minnesota deal, and you move on.”
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