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Drew Brees gets $44.25 million fully-guaranteed over two years

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 01:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints throws the ball against the Baltimore Ravens at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 1, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Getty Images

The deal is done, with three squares on the calendar to spare.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees made it clear that he won’t negotiate a potential extension to his current contract after the season begins. That move, rooted in a strong desire to minimize distractions, nudged the two sides together to finalize a contract that keeps Brees in New Orleans for the next two years.

Per a league source with knowledge of the deal, it’s a five-year contract that automatically voids to two years, and it pays out $44.25 million fully-guaranteed over those two seasons. Coupled with the $20 million he was due to make this year, it’s a one-year extension worth $24.25 million.

The contract also has a no-trade clause and a term preventing the Saints from tagging him in 2018. This means that, after the 2017 season, Brees will be free to leave if he wants to, and if he’s still playing at a sufficiently high level to allow him to.

To date, there has been no indication that Brees has in any way diminished. And so his well-deserved $184.25 million haul since 2006 could push to $200 million and more in fewer than 18 months.

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40 Responses to “Drew Brees gets $44.25 million fully-guaranteed over two years”
  1. metalman5150 says: Sep 7, 2016 3:43 PM

    it’s a pretty penny

  2. silverhat78 says: Sep 7, 2016 3:44 PM

    There you have it. No playoffs for another two years Saints fans. He is utilizing too much cap space for others players to come to the Saints. Alot of money for a 38 year old QB

  3. madddogg365 says: Sep 7, 2016 3:46 PM

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am actually shocked!!! The Saints thought about the future cap numbers.

  4. eazeback says: Sep 7, 2016 3:46 PM

    what a way to cripple the organization drew…you’re all about the team and the city

  5. wolfman55h says: Sep 7, 2016 3:46 PM

    This why saints will suck. They’re paying a washout instead looking to the future. What is it with Louisiana? LSU keeps Miles who can’t coach and Brees who can’t throw just because they’re ‘such nice guys.’ Idiots

  6. hoops737 says: Sep 7, 2016 3:51 PM

    Well worth it.

    Who Dat!

  7. bengalbug says: Sep 7, 2016 3:52 PM

    wolfman55h says:
    Sep 7, 2016 3:46 PM
    This why saints will suck. They’re paying a washout instead looking to the future. What is it with Louisiana? LSU keeps Miles who can’t coach and Brees who can’t throw just because they’re ‘such nice guys.’ Idiots

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    He is a top 5 QB still and will most likely be for another year. They will continue to be a top 5 offense and if they get lucky on defense (through draft, scheme, whatever FA they can get) they could do some serious damage. As long as Brees is upright they have a fighters chance in any game. And he doesn’t need a broncos D to win a Super Bowl… As long as they improve on historically bad (which they will) the saints have a shot at the playoffs

  8. dvdman123 says: Sep 7, 2016 3:52 PM

    Hmmmmm I would look at Bree’s numbers before I’d make foolish comments about his abilities and worth. An elite QB is not easy to come by these days, just ask the Rams and Niners how hard it is?

  9. thebigkuhuna says: Sep 7, 2016 3:52 PM

    It just got a little Breezeie in here

  10. jackedupboonie says: Sep 7, 2016 3:55 PM

    The saints are a mess not because of Drew, but a front office that has bumbled the cap and their lack of talent evaluation and clear team direction.

  11. asseenonokra says: Sep 7, 2016 3:57 PM

    $22M a year is too much? You people are idiots.

    Great deal for the team!

  12. handsofsteelhartofstone says: Sep 7, 2016 3:59 PM

    ya he’s solid numbers wise, but when it comes to the clutch, he just isn’t worth that kind of money. just my opinion

  13. toybkshr says: Sep 7, 2016 4:00 PM

    Actually a lot less than the $$ mentioned in prev posts ($25mil per – for 4 yrs), so high as it might seem it at leasts reflects the reality that he will be 38 for 2017 season. Can’t really fault the Saints for this deal.

  14. sb44champs says: Sep 7, 2016 4:00 PM

    Haters gonna hate but the common denominator in all of them is they don’t know jack about football or they’re just jealous lol

  15. gridironmike says: Sep 7, 2016 4:02 PM

    wolfman55h says:
    Sep 7, 2016 3:46 PM

    This why saints will suck. They’re paying a washout instead looking to the future. What is it with Louisiana? LSU keeps Miles who can’t coach and Brees who can’t throw just because they’re ‘such nice guys.’ Idiots
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    The Saints had the #1 passing offense in the NFL last year. Not bad for a guy who can’t throw.

    The truth just doesn’t seem to matter as much as people’s opinions these days.

  16. areyouseriousrofl says: Sep 7, 2016 4:07 PM

    I – who did NOT want a long extension – am happy with this additional year, especially with it being cap friendly!

  17. skippynj says: Sep 7, 2016 4:09 PM

    When you have a franchise qb you keep him. Ask the Jets or the Chiefs if they want a franchise qb. I watch every game and the idea that his “skills have diminished” as so many talking heads are fond of saying, is absurd. The Saints haven’t been losing bcuz of Drew Brees. It’s the D. (It doesn’t help that Payton is pathalogically unable to find a kicker, but I digress.) Brees led the league in passing last year, again, and he played in only 15 games. He’s still a top 5 qb and he’s getting paid like it. If he was released there’d be about 25 teams scrambling to sign him. Glad they got it done.

  18. ahzroc says: Sep 7, 2016 4:09 PM

    Lower the Cap Hit from $30 to $17 Mil ! ! !

    Great move by Drew and the Saints….

  19. bleedingfacemask says: Sep 7, 2016 4:10 PM

    Considering he was originally guaranteed to receive $30 million for this year on the previous contract, next year’s salary is essentially +50% less.

    Still, another $14 million for one more year is nothing to sneeze at…

  20. ahzroc says: Sep 7, 2016 4:11 PM

    the Brees-era Saints (2006-15) have joined the Joe Montana/Steve Young-era 49ers (1982-1996) and the Roger Staubach/Danny White-era Cowboys (1970-1983) as the only three teams since the NFL merger to rank in the top 10 in total offense for 10 consecutive seasons.

  21. themanfromtheblacklodge says: Sep 7, 2016 4:11 PM

    As I understand it, this isn’t salary cap friendly because the guaranteed money is prorated over five years, even though Brees can be released after one.

  22. upper23 says: Sep 7, 2016 4:17 PM

    22 M is a lot, but kap gets 11M and he cant even stand up! Sorry I had to.

  23. sportsarepredetermined says: Sep 7, 2016 4:17 PM

    This year the Saints will be 14-2 and Brees will break passing records. They will probaly lose in the NFC Championship game against the Vikings. Colts v Vikings Super bowl 51 – Colts win v Kapernick. Screen shot this post.

  24. dyims says: Sep 7, 2016 4:22 PM

    ahzroc, and what has that lofty honor gotten them??? One SB win and how many playoff appearances??????

  25. Bigfoot says: Sep 7, 2016 4:28 PM

    Aaron Rodgers is going to get 300 million after he reups

  26. psubeerman21 says: Sep 7, 2016 4:29 PM

    You can’t win with a franchise qb because they eat up too much money, and you can’t win without one because you need a qb to be good. Make up your minds already

  27. BigAlHeBDMan says: Sep 7, 2016 4:30 PM

    bleedingfacemask says:
    Sep 7, 2016 4:10 PM

    Considering he was originally guaranteed to receive $30 million for this year on the previous contract, next year’s salary is essentially +50% less.

    Still, another $14 million for one more year is nothing to sneeze at…
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    When you pay Osweiller 18 mil who has played in 7 games, Brees deserves every penny.

  28. ahzroc says: Sep 7, 2016 4:37 PM

    LOOK AROUND THE NFL!

    over the last 5 seasons, Drew Brees has AVERAGED PER SEASON:

    5127 yds
    39 TDs
    68.06 % completion

  29. stevegrogannakedbootleg says: Sep 7, 2016 4:51 PM

    If he was an NBA player it would be 26 million .

  30. mattamp says: Sep 7, 2016 4:52 PM

    What a guy. Now that he’s promised more cash, enough to make his great grandchildren financially set, he can go back to attacking the NFL. Ungrateful pos

  31. atwatercrushesokoye says: Sep 7, 2016 5:00 PM

    ahzroc says:
    Sep 7, 2016 4:11 PM
    the Brees-era Saints (2006-15) have joined the Joe Montana/Steve Young-era 49ers (1982-1996) and the Roger Staubach/Danny White-era Cowboys (1970-1983) as the only three teams since the NFL merger to rank in the top 10 in total offense for 10 consecutive seasons.

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    That’s great but those two teams went to and won multiple Super Bowls in that time. The Saints have been to and won 1 in those 10 years. Not to mention they’ve finished 7-9 in 3 of the last 4 seasons.

    So one of those things is not like the others.

  32. iknoweverything2 says: Sep 7, 2016 5:03 PM

    It is hilarious reading some of this garbage. I’m the kind of person who realizes this is a job. Do people criticize you regarding the money you make for what you do? Like I said in an earlier post every year I read all this non-sense about the Saints can’t sign this person or that person and BAM…THEY DO! I will be the first to agree these signings haven’t worked out but that has nothing to do with Brees. I read on another post how Brady takes less money for his team, bullcrap, Brady and the rest of the cheating Patriots organization worked out a deal to buy his water…lol…side dealing to manipulate the cap…SMART but again the Pats way of doing things is along lines of some Killary plotting!

  33. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Sep 7, 2016 5:09 PM

    ahzroc says:
    Sep 7, 2016 4:11 PM
    the Brees-era Saints (2006-15) have joined the Joe Montana/Steve Young-era 49ers (1982-1996) and the Roger Staubach/Danny White-era Cowboys (1970-1983) as the only three teams since the NFL merger to rank in the top 10 in total offense for 10 consecutive seasons.
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    The Belichick/Brady era Patriots (2004-15) send their regards and welcome you to the big boy’s table in spite of your having forgotten them even though they were at the table waiting when you got there.

  34. ampatsisahypocrite says: Sep 7, 2016 5:10 PM

    Seems a lot for a guy his age who puts up big numbers in domes, but isn’t so great outside it (especially in the playoffs). Compared to Rodgers, Roethlisberger and Brady who do it outdoors. Oh well we’ll see if they get burned like eating hot Louisiana peppers on this one.

  35. MiamiDolphinsNationTravelingtoSeattle says: Sep 7, 2016 5:22 PM

    Someone needs to tell the Saints and Drew that 2006 through 2009 is over.

  36. aj66shanghai says: Sep 7, 2016 5:31 PM

    This was best case for all involved. Some of you dolts just show up to dump on every story.

    I haven’t asked around but I’m guessing Saints fans are darn happy about it.

  37. marcinhouston says: Sep 7, 2016 5:31 PM

    Brock Osweiler has 37 million guaranteed over the next two years. Jay Cutler and Alex Smith have cap hits of 17 million this year. Matt Ryan makes more than Brees over the next two years, for the difficult skill of throwing to Julio Jones in a dome with a solid running game well enough to appear in the playoffs every other year and get embarrassed at home in those playoff games. Sure, you might rather have one other particular QB in the league, but this is a better arrangement at QB than many teams have and is better value for the money than many.

  38. sb44champs says: Sep 7, 2016 7:12 PM

    Brees tied a Super Bowl record with 32 completions and was named Super Bowl 44 MVP… in Miami’s OUTDOOR stadium

  39. tylawspick6 says: Sep 7, 2016 9:56 PM

    How is Mickey Loomis still employed?

    22 mil per?

    They have to win the SB in the next 2 years to justify that kind of STUPID allocation.

    The Flacco stupidity was stupid. One team’s stupidity being shortsighted and then forced over the sink to overpay, with other teams continuing to replicate it, is why these same teams remain in cap hell.

    NOs is rebuilding!

    They stink and it’s a team sport. This isn’t the NBA.

  40. princeopus says: Sep 7, 2016 11:41 PM

    jackedupboonie,,,,,sb44champs===== the only 2 intelligent posts ive read on this thread..jackedupboonie is %100 correct,,,mickey loomis completely mismanaged the brees era,not a single thing hes done since reggie bush fell in his lap and he got lucky on colston and evans,has worked out(maybe terron armstead and stephon anthony)10 years of front office mismanagement,just pathetic,,,the rooney family would have won 5 superbowls with the brees/payton dynamic

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