Many expected Drew Brees to remain with the New Orleans Saints when free agency hit. Yesterday, he inked a 2-year deal worth $50 million and $27 million guaranteed. The future Hall-Of-Famer was rumored to have received a bigger offer from an unknown team. Brees’ deal will be written as a two-year deal, but it will be a one-year deal with a team option after the first year, he confirmed to ESPN. It also will include a no-trade clause, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports, virtually ensuring that Brees finishes his career in New Orleans.
“I think that provides certainly the team with the most flexibility when it comes to being able to anticipate the future and the ability to acquire free agents and re-sign players on our existing roster that will build a championship team,” said Brees about his willingness to only take one year guaranteed. Brees, who turned 39 in January, insisted all along that he wants to be a “Saint for life” and didn’t plan to let any other teams in on a bidding war — even though had he done so, he possibly could have become the highest-paid player in NFL history for the second time in his career. “I love my team and am excited about the opportunity we will have together,” Brees said.
With the much-improved defense and all the weapons they have on offense, New Orleans could make a run to the Super Bowl. They were one play from playing in the NFC Championship game last season, but the Miracle in Minnesota took place. The next two years, Brees should continue setting and breaking more passing records. Brees’ decision to stay in New Orleans became even easier after the Saints re-emerged as Super Bowl contenders last season following a three-year playoff drought. Thanks to a revamped defense and improved running game, Brees was able to throw for his fewest yards (4,334), touchdowns (23) and interceptions (8) in his 12 seasons with the Saints while setting the NFL record for completion percentage (72.0).
The Saints, however, have made it clear that they want to take things one year at a time with Brees’ contract at this stage of his career — especially since they still have $18 million in dead money from his previous contracts waiting to hit the books. All of that money would have hit this year’s salary cap if Brees hadn’t signed a new deal by March 14. New Orleans and Minnesota could meet in the playoffs again next season as the Vikings added Kirk Cousins.
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