Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Drew Brees reportedly re-signs with Saints for two years, $50 million

Drew Brees reportedly re-signs with Saints for two years, $50 million

The deal includes $27 million in guaranteed money and could pay out as much as $50 million through the 2019 season.

No one has been talking about Brees as a potential free agent, mainly because everyone assumes that he's just going to find a way to make it work with the Saints. The 11-time Pro Bowler led the Saints to victory in Super Bowl XLIV, a championship loaded with symbolism as New Orleans recovered from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina five years earlier.

While acquiring Brees would make Minnesota an instant contender for at least a season or two, it would be absolutely shocking to see the 39-year-old quarterback leave the New Orleans Saints. I can add, so have the other QB-needy teams. During the next two years, among the National Football League records within Brees' reach is passing yards (he has 70,445; Peyton Manning's record is 71,940) and touchdown passes (Brees sits at 488; Manning's record is 539).

His short-term contract extension is his second with New Orleans after he signed a one-year, $24.25 million extension before the start of the 2016 season.

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The NFL offseason is an interesting time. He is on pace to pass both Peyton Manning and Brett Favre in 2018 to become the NFL's all-time passing yardage leader. It's really no sweat for New Orleans, though.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the contract will be a one-year contract with a team option for the final season. The Saints have a team capable of returning to a Super Bowl.

Apparently, the Cardinals may have made a strong pitch to Brees. That's not to say the Saints don't offer a favorable situation - they do - but Brees would be a great fit in Denver or Minnesota for that matter.

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