Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints have agreed to a new two-12 months deal worthy of $50 million, with $27 million certain, a source verified to ESPN, keeping the future Hall of Famer off the no cost-agent market as expected.
The news was to start with reported by NFL Network.
Brees’ deal will be written as a two-calendar year deal, but in actuality it will be a one particular-year deal with a crew option right after the initial year, for each supply. It also will incorporate a no-trade clause, pretty much making sure that Brees finishes his profession in New Orleans.
Brees, who turned 39 in January, insisted all alongside that he wishes to be a “Saint for life” and failed to approach to permit any other groups in on a bidding war — even though he quite possibly could have come to be the best-compensated player in NFL background for the next time in his profession if he experienced accomplished so.
“I really like my crew and am psyched about the possibility we will have alongside one another,” Brees said.
Brees’ determination to stay in New Orleans grew to become even much easier immediately after the Saints re-emerged as Tremendous Bowl contenders final period pursuing a three-yr playoff drought. Many thanks to a revamped protection and enhanced functioning video game, Brees was equipped to throw for his fewest yards (4,334), touchdowns (23) and interceptions (eight) in his 12 seasons with the Saints whilst setting the NFL document for completion share (72.).
The Saints, however, have created it very clear that they want to get issues one particular calendar year at a time with Brees’ deal at this stage of his vocation — specifically due to the fact they even now have $18 million in dead money from his former contracts ready to hit the publications. All of that funds would have strike this year’s income cap if Brees hadn’t signed a new deal by March 14.
The Saints also were not authorized to use the franchise tag on Brees mainly because of a clause in his most the latest contract.
This is now the next time that Brees has signed a brief-time period extension with New Orleans, just after he signed a one particular-yr, $24.25 million extension just before the start out of the 2016 time. And this is the fourth contract Brees has signed with the Saints over-all — setting up with his six-year, $60 million offer in 2006 that turned all-around the franchise’s fortunes when they took a opportunity on him just after he experienced a important shoulder personal injury with the San Diego Chargers.
Brees then led the Saints to their first and only Super Bowl title all through the 2009 season and grew to become the initially $20 million person in NFL background with a 5-year, $100 million deal in 2012.
He has thrown for 58,097 yards and 408 touchdowns with the Saints — the most by any quarterback in any 12-time span in NFL record. And he is on pace to move each Peyton Manning and Brett Favre in 2018 to turn into the NFL’s all-time passing yardage leader.
Brees needs 1,496 yards to crack Manning’s record of 71,940. He requires 52 more touchdown passes to crack Manning’s NFL history of 539.