Drew Brees wasn’t going anywhere in free agency and everybody knew it.
Not to take anything away from Brees’ incredible passing prowess, but he’d be a fool to leave the weather-controlled conditions of the dome to go play anywhere else. Plus, the NFL owners cherish superstars like Brees who are oblivious and remarkably uninformed about NFL protests.
Chew on this for a minute.
Brees’ 4,334 yards last year were the FEWEST of his 12 seasons leading the Saints’ potent offensive juggernaut. The dome lends itself to optimum performance by any quarterback, so for a future Hall of Famer like Brees, it makes him almost unstoppable. He can count on predictable and consistent weather conditions for at least half of his starts.
The #Saints and QB Drew Brees have struck a 2-year deal worth $50M, sources tell me and @SlaterNFL. He gets $27M guaranteed. He's back and everyone can breathe.
Brees wanted to chill and see what other free agents were hauling in before he committed to the Saints. There were a few rumors about teams being interested, but the two-year, $50 million deal he reportedly agreed to today basically makes the 39-year-old QB a Saint for life.
Drew Brees' deal will be written as a two-year deal, but in actuality it will be a one-year deal with a team option after the first year, per source. It also will include a no-trade clause, virtually ensuring that Brees finishes his career in New Orleans.
Brees had been contacted by the Vikings on Monday, according to NFL Network. That was just posturing, a stab in the dark, but it probably accelerated the negotiations on the Saints’ side.
Their franchise player and 11-time Pro Bowler is set to pass Brett Favre and Peyton Manning early this season, becoming the NFL's all-time leader for passing yards and he remains one of the game’s all-time underrated superstars.