Brees says he's returning, but he still needs new contract

75756A5E-120A-4932-810C-2FD980DB785E

Drew Brees says he's coming back for another season of Saints football, but it's not quite as easy as that, because the Hall of Fame-bound QB needs a new contract.

There's the physical aspect of the game: can 41-year-old Drew Brees still play at an elite level? He's shown no signs of slowing down. Then there's the mental aspect -- is he willing to put in the grind that goes with an NFL season? He answered that question. But there's also the money aspect of the game -- his contract is up, so how much will he be paid?

"Well that's gonna be the big questions mark," said WWL NFL analyst Mike Detillier. "I think the low part will be 25 million, the high point will be 30 million."

Any chance Brees will offer the Saints a "hometown discount?"  Detillier says for all that Brees brings to the team, it's a value even at tens of millions of dollars.

"When you look at how quarterbacks are getting paid today, even if you settle at 27 or 28 million dollars, that is a discount," he said.

But, Detillier said, it's likely that there's already some groundwork laid by Brees' agent and the team.

"Both sides have probably had a preliminary talk about what it would cost."