Brees, Saints Near Agreement on Contract Extension

14:41 September 07, 2016
By: Anthony O'Donnell

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who has been with the team since 2006, will reportedly renew his contract with the team, sources at ESPN and the NFL Network say. He is likely to sign for another four years for $100 million, according to CBS Sports. Brees led the Saints to their first Super Bowl win in February 2010 and has consistently ranked among the top quarterbacks in the league.

If the reports are accurate, the veteran QB’s contract would make him the highest-paid quarterback in the league, yet again, following a five-year, $100 million dollar contract. The deal may be coming just in the nick of time; despite expressing an interest in finishing his career with the Saints, the 37-year-old Brees said that he would not continue to negotiate his contract after the start of the regular season on September 8.

Brees’ last five years saw him continue to dominate in stats, even as personnel shakeups and bad luck kept the Saints out of the playoffs in 2014 and 2015. Since he joined the team, Brees has led all NFL quarterbacks in touchdowns, passing yards, and 300-yard games, and been selected for the Pro Bowl eight times. He led the league in passing in six out of his ten seasons with the Saints, and four out of the past five years.

Brees’ football career began at Purdue, where he set Big Ten records for completions, yards, and touchdowns that have yet to be broken. He started in the NFL at the San Diego Chargers but joined the Saints as a free agent nine months after a devastating injury to his shoulder. His recovery from the injury and instant success in New Orleans earned him the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year Award in 2004. The Saints’ season will begin at the Superdome on September 11 as they face off against the Oakland Raiders.

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