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Payton’s gut feeling is that Brees will be back next season and beyond

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012 12:42 am ET

Sean Payton believes Drew Brees will be back.

Drew Brees

Brees is expected to opt out of his current contract to become a free agent. A few weeks ago, talks broke down between the two sides on a contract extension.

He is hoping to get another six-year extension that the Saints gave him years ago. He joined the Saints in 2006 and has exceeded expectations during that time.

He recently broke the NFL record with 5,476 passing yards this season, a record that stood for 27 years by Dan Marino. In addition, he guided the Saints to their first ever Super Bowl win a few years back.

He is expected to ask for around $18 million per year. That’s pay in the level of New England’s Tom Brady and Indianapolis’ Peyton Manning, who faces questions about his future, too.

“As important as he is not only to this team but this city, this whole area, you kind of have to do right by him and sign him to a long-term deal because he’s earned that,” Lance Moore said. “Where would we be without Drew? You can’t even fathom that.”

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