Brees and Saints agree to two-year deal

Tanya Simon
March 14, 2018

There was some minor doubt - more of a last minute scare - that the New Orleans Saints weren't going to be able to sign Drew Brees.

Brees then led the Saints to their first and only Super Bowl title during the 2009 season and became the first $20 million man in National Football League history with a five-year, $100 million deal in 2012.

The news comes as a relief to Saints fans who were waiting for news as the free agency period crept closer. Fellow NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport added that several "other QB-needy teams" also reached out.

KLFY will update this report as it develops. Brees told reporters he expected to be back in 2018 following the 29-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the divisional round.

But the Saints have made it clear that they want to pay Brees just one year at a time now that he is 39 years old.

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If the Vikings pursue Brees too much and he ends up signing with New Orleans again, they may miss out on Kirk Cousins.

Brees' two-year, $50 million deal certainly seems fair for both sides on the surface.

Brees has been New Orleans' franchise player during the franchise's greatest era, which has been highlighted by a Super Bowl championship in the 2009 season and five other playoff seasons.

Brees, who turned 39 in January, passed for 4,334 yards and 23 touchdowns, with eight touchdowns, a year ago as the Saints posted their most balanced offensive numbers in several seasons. He is coming off a productive campaign where he hauled in 57 catches for 520 receiving yards with 10 touchdown receptions, which marked the fourth time in his career that he has tallied 10 or more touchdown receptions.

Brees met with Saints management while in the building for Zach Strief's retirement.

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