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.
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.
Patriots Acquire DT Danny Shelton From Browns
ESPN reporter Adam Schefter summarized the flurry of comings and goings in a tweet Saturday following the Shelton deal. Last season, he recorded 33 tackles and one pass breakup in 14 games, where he showed his ability against the run.
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.