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Drew Brees agrees to 2-year extension with Saints

14 March, 2018, 06:18 | Author: John Swanson
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The veteran quarterback has agreed to a two-year, $50 million contract to remain with the Saints, NFL Media first reported Tuesday.

Brees' decision to stay in New Orleans became even easier after the Saints re-emerged as Super Bowl contenders last season following a three-year playoff drought.

Had the 39-year-old Brees remained unsigned by Wednesday, $18 million in dead money from his current contract would immediately count against the team's salary cap in 2018.

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The Purdue product had one of his better seasons in 2017, completing 72 percent of his passes for 4,334 yards and 23 touchdowns with eight interceptions. The fact the deal was not done before the legal tampering window opened was mildly concerning, but Brees was never expected to leave New Orleans.

"It was just a matter of coming together and making sure we got the right deal done", he said. "And that's what we tried to do with the deal".

The announcement comes via New Orleans' official website. Brees was ranked No. 2 behind Kirk Cousins in NFL.com's Top 101 Free Agents of 2018.

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Brees started his career with the San Diego Chargers but it is with the Saints that he made his mark. On Christmas Eve, he became the fastest quarterback in National Football League history to reach 70,000 career passing yards. Brett Favre also is ahead of Brees - for now - with 71, 838 yards and 508 TDs passing.

"Certainly, the relationship with this city will always play a strong role in me wanting to be here and ... wanting to finish my career here", Brees said.

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