Drew Brees and the Saints could be nearing an extension which would keep the 37-year-old quarterback in New Orleans for the remainder of his career, per league sources.
On Monday, there were conflicting reports about the Saints considering the option of letting Brees walk next March, since they are entering a re-building phase and would prefer to lighten its payroll.
However, ESPN’s Ed Werder confirmed Tuesday that the Saints and Brees are very close to an extension. Remember, Sunday is the deadline for the two parties to come to a deal. If they miss Sunday’s deadline, Brees, on the last year of his contract, would become an unrestricted free agent next Spring.
Drew Brees staying put in New Orleans?
“It looks like something could get done,” a league insider told Werder.
The ESPN report added that “sources told Werder on Monday the Saints and Brees’ agent, Tom Condon, had resumed talks over a possible contract extension.”
If the Saints don’t sign Brees by Sunday, they would be forced to pay nearly $44 million to retain him next year by using the franchise tag on the star QB. The Saints have already done that twice in the past.
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While previous reports suggested that Brees is seeking a four-year, $100 million extension, ESPN’s Mike Triplett is reporting that the current deal being discussed “may be shorter in length than other recent blockbuster quarterback deals.”
Though Brees is still an elite quarterback, it doesn’t make too much sense for the Saints to pay him the kind of deals that Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco and Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck have signed this summer.
Last season, Brees led the league in passing (4,870 yards in just 15 games) for the fourth time in five seasons. In many people’s eyes, the quarterback, who turns 38 next January, is playing the best football of his life.
Drew Brees was always destined to end his career in New Orleans. And it seems like the Saints front office is determined to make it happen.