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Drew Brees, Saints agree on two-year, $50 million deal

14 March, 2018, 06:18 | Author: Joan Malone
  • Drew Brees agrees to 2-year extension with Saints

Amid reports the Vikings called to inquire about the possibility of landing Brees, New Orleans made "significant progress" on a deal during the quarterback's visit to the team facility on Monday.

Brees, who turned 39 in January, passed for 4,334 yards and 23 touchdowns, with eight touchdowns, previous year as the Saints posted their most balanced offensive numbers in several seasons.

And after Brees' agent, Tom Condon, started fielding calls from outside suitors including the Vikings, the deal was finally struck. If the Saints hadn't reached a deal with Brees, $18 million of prorated signing bonus would have gone onto the deal as dead cap. 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.

Brees turned 39 in January and said he hopes to be a "Saint for life".

Brees will receive $27 million guaranteed for 2018, and although the team's option of a presumed $23 million rate in 2019 seems like a bargain now based on his performance, it's important to remember he'll be 40 when that time comes.

Duke Blue Devils Top the Irish in ACC Quarterfinals
This one likely stings for Irish fans given Notre Dame won the regular season matchup on the road without Colson and Farrell. Notre Dame (20-14) made just 5-of-23 from 3-point range and had 31 defensive rebounds to 20 for the Irish.

He has thrown for 58,097 yards and 408 touchdowns with the Saints - the most by any quarterback in any 12-season span in National Football League history. They have their quarterback back and Brees will most assuredly now end his career with the Saints. It's really no sweat for New Orleans, though.

"I think we've got some guys that have a maturity level that's beyond their years and that also really showed a commitment to the way we do things with the Saints", Brees said.

In his career, Brees has thrown for more than 70,000 yards and almost 500 touchdowns.

The Saints won their wild-card playoff game against Carolina, and were one play short of advancing to the NFC Championship for the third time with Brees.


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