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Sean Payton: ‘No truth’ to Drew Brees trade rumors

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Following the shocking deal that sent Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks, the rumor that seems to have taken over the NFL landscape is that the New Orleans Saints are going to find a way to deal their franchise quarterback, Drew Brees. Let’s find out what the Saints’ NFL odds look like at

Brees is the leader of the Saints, and it was his decision to come to the Rams in the 2010 season that eventually got New Orleans to their first Super Bowl to play and even defeat the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 for their first and to date only Super Bowl championship.

Now with their best receiver gone, will the team actually get rid of their franchise quarterback?

Don’t count on it. The latest rumor that the Saints are tearing down is that are plotting a way to swing a deal for reigning Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota in the draft, a new quarterback to take over for Brees, who they would then look to deal.

Again, don’t bet on it.

“Won’t happen,” Payton said, putting the Mariota rumors to bed. Payton isn’t the only one stomping on the rumors of a deal to send away Brees – GM Mickey Loomis also is totally on board to keep Bress.

Loomis told USA TODAY Sports that Brees isn’t going anywhere. “I saw where we were going to trade him to the Jets, from a New York writer,” Payton said. “So you just wad that up, and throw it in the garbage.”

The team is trying to get help for Brees now that Graham is gone, as the team went out and inked free agent running back C.J. Spiller, the former Buffalo Bills running back who has great speed and can open up the field for the Saints, a player they haven’t had since Reggie Bush was in his prime.

The team also went out and snagged cornerback Brandon Browner in free agency, a move that should help out the offense considering they had the 31st ranked defense a season ago.

The team did get a player that should help out when they dealt Graham, that being center Max Unger. He’s going to be a benefit on the offensive line, a line that let too many defenders touch Brees a season ago.

“We talk about the spot 2 yards behind center as the most important piece of property in football,” Payton said about Unger. “If we can occupy that spot, we’re going to win. If that interior pocket gets muddied, it’s tough (for Brees) to play that position.”

So don’t get rid of those Brees jerseys just yet Saints fans – it looks like #9 isn’t going anywhere.

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