Saints legend Jonathan Vilma just threw Drew Brees' name into the hat for next mayor of New Orleans ... and he's making a pretty damn good case.
We talked to Jonathan about Brees opening a special needs playground in NOLA ... and Jonathan went full campaign manager describing his longtime teammate's mayoral credentials.
"He definitely has a future as mayor of New Orleans," Vilma told TMZ Sports.
"Drew Brees was the best teammate I had. Words can't describe how competitive he is, was, still is, to what a great person he is."
"So every time I see something come out on him doing something off the field that's positive ... it's par for the course."
The question -- is Drew actually gonna do it??
We asked him earlier this year ... and he definitely didn't rule it out.