Drew Brees staying with Saints in reported two-year, $50m deal

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Free agency officially begins and players can officially sign contracts beginning Wednesday. According to several National Football League insiders, including ESPN's Adam Schefter, Brees and the Saints have agreed to a two-year deal worth $50 million that includes $27M guaranteed. The deal includes about $27 million in guaranteed money, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. Which, as Duncan notes, means a lot that he'll be able to do it in New Orleans. If Brees left, he was going to count $18 million against the team's salary cap, so the team wouldn't have saved much if it allowed him to walk.

"I don't think that anybody thinks that Kirk Cousins is worth more on the open market than Drew Brees", fellow columnist Jeff Duncan said.

Not only did the Minnesota Vikings make a phone call about Drew Brees's potential availability (per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network), but we also have seen star players like Tamba Hali and Ndamukong Suh released. But if they some how manage to finagle Brees away from New Orleans - pulling off yet another Minneapolis Miracle at the Saints' expense - Minnesota would have to be considered the team to beat.

The Saints have a pair of exciting young playmakers in Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara, so their offense should again be unsafe with Brees at the helm.

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Last season, Brees completed an NFL-record 72 percent of his passes for 4,334 yards and 23 touchdowns against eight interceptions.

The Saints just authored their best season since winning the Super Bowl, an 11-5 division title campaign after three consecutive 7-9, non-playoff finishes.

Brees is 39. His chances to get to another Super Bowl are dwindling.

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