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In spite of Sean being my friend, I don’t want to sound like I’m his agent, I think the New Orleans Saints are the team to beat in the NFC this year,’’ Gruden said. “I like what they’ve done in the offseason. I think (Drew) Brees takes care of the ball, they take care of the turnover margin, and they’re on their way to an NFC Championship.

That’s pretty typical of Saints quarterback Drew Brees to fire at Colston in key spots. He’s been his go-to guy on third downs and in the red zone for the better part of the last five years—and nothing should change this year.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees agent Tom Condon is currently in talks with the Saints in hopes of securing a new lucrative long-term contract for the Pro Bowl signal caller.

Saints coach Sean Payton is trying to balance the work some veterans still need with his desire to make sure everyone is fresh— and uninjured — for the Sept. 8 opener at Green Bay.

The Saints had all the pieces to contend for another Super Bowl a year ago, and this offseason, they only added to it. Will Drew Brees and Malcolm Jenkins lead the Saints to their second title in three seasons?

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