Quarterback Drew Brees has a new deal with the Saints and his first comments about the two-year, $50 million contract emphasized the space it leaves for the team to continue building a championship contender.
A source said that at least one other team was willing to give Brees $60 million guaranteed over two years to try and woo him away from New Orleans.
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The Saints also weren't allowed to use the franchise tag on Brees because of a clause in his most recent contract. However, he's spent the past 12 seasons in New Orleans and won a Super Bowl there, so it's not surprising that he ultimately preferred to stay rather than uproot to another city. The people say $27 million is guaranteed in the first year. He is coming off a productive campaign where he hauled in 57 catches for 520 receiving yards with 10 touchdown receptions, which marked the fourth time in his career that he has tallied 10 or more touchdown receptions. There have already been several teams that have reached out to express their interest in his services, which includes potentially returning to the New Orleans Saints. Brees has recorded five 5,000-yard passing season, by far the most in National Football League history, and has thrown for at least 30 touchdowns in nine of the last 10 seasons.
The Saints will hope 2017 was not an aberration as they move forward with Brees under center. Brees now has 70,445, which is just 1,495 behind Manning's standard. Currently, Peyton Manning holds those marks with 71,940 yards and 539 touchdowns.