New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees to return to the New Orleans area for spring training

Drew Brees will begin training camp in New Orleans in the spring, but will not be there for the first time, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday.

Brees was released by the Saints in January, but the team re-signed him to a two-year deal last week.

Brees will not travel with the team to New Orleans for the season opener against the Arizona Cardinals on Feb. 8.

The Saints are hosting the Cardinals at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.