Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Drew Brees, Saints Agree to 2-Year, $50 Million Deal

Drew Brees, Saints Agree to 2-Year, $50 Million Deal

NFL Free Agency is officially underway as teams are now allowed to discuss contract numbers with player agents, and one player that might get a few calls is New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

Brees re-structured his contract to cut a cap hit in 2016 almost in half, pro-rating a signing bonus of $18 million over three years, starting in 2018. That may be less than Brees could have made with another team or if he'd fully pressed his leverage, but Brees said that wasn't his top priority.

Entering the 2018 National Football League season, Brees needs just 1,495 passing yards to become the NFL's All-Time passing yards leader, as he trails only Brett Favre and Peyton Manning.

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The New Orleans Saints have buried any lingering questions about the future of Drew Brees. "It was just a matter of what was the most fair deal for me and for the team to put us in the best position to succeed in the near future".

It would ultimate still be a major upset if Brees leaves the Saints, but there's always a chance negotiations could sour.

Brees, who turned 39 in January, passed for 4,334 yards and 23 touchdowns, with eight touchdowns, past year as the Saints posted their most balanced offensive numbers in several seasons. However, he's spent the past 12 seasons in New Orleans and won a Super Bowl there, so it's not surprising that he ultimately preferred to stay rather than uproot to another city. So close, they have just agreed to a new contract for $50 million over two years. Minnesota can offer more money, a better receiving corps and the kind of defense the Saints have never been able to build for their quarterback. Brett Favre also is ahead of Brees - for now - with 71, 838 yards and 508 TDs passing. Currently, Peyton Manning holds those marks with 71,940 yards and 539 touchdowns.

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