"It's tough that it's not there, because we had a great fan base there," Brees said. "I know those fans appreciated it. They lived for that. They don't have an NFL team and there are a lot of football fans there."
"That's not a lack of commitment or anything like that," said Brees, who has played in New Orleans since 2006, and passed for 5,000-plus yards an NFL-record five times since 2008. "I just want to focus on what's right in front of me."