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Sean Payton Reveals When He Expects News From Drew Brees

Sean Payton and Drew Brees stand next to each other on the New Orleans Saints sideline.

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 10: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints look on from the sideline against the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 10, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints are waiting on legendary quarterback Drew Brees to decide on his football future. It sounds like they won't have to wait much longer.

Payton is making the media rounds today during Super Bowl week, and Brees' impending decision is a hot topic. The veteran head coach told PFT Live he thinks Brees will announce "in the next week, week-and-a-half" if he's playing one more year or retiring.

This timeline echoes what he told Will Brinson on the "Pick Six Podcast."

Nothing is ever done until it's done, but we'd be willing to wager money on Brees retiring at this point. He's 42 years old and everything Brees did this season--from playing through injury to taking his time to stay on the field with family after the season-ending playoff loss--seemed to indicate he was getting ready to hang them up.

If Brees does retire as expected, Payton could turn the reins over to Taysom Hill, trade for or draft a quarterback or re-sign pending free agent Jameis Winston.

“And a lot of times, you want to hold your cards closer to the vest and he is a free agent," Payton said earlier today about Winston. "But him, along with Taysom Hill who’s in the building, we’ve said it all along — we’re going to develop and coach those guys. And Jameis is one of those guys that we have a big interest in.”