Drew Brees’ deal looks a lot like the Philip Rivers and Tom Brady deals

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Three aging quarterbacks will each get $25 million this year.

The details are out on the Drew Brees deal in New Orleans. Like Philip Rivers in Indy and Tom Brady in Tampa, Brees will make $25 million this year.

That’s $10 million below the current top of the quarterback market, at $35 million. (Or, alternately, $7 million below the top of the market for value at signing — $32 million — held by Kirk Cousins.)

For Brees, it’s a two-year deal that pays out $25 million per season, but with only the first year guaranteed. The contract also has a pair of years that will void on the final day of the 2021 league year, making it a two-year contract.

The deal includes a no-trade clause and a commitment not to apply any tags to Brees in 2022.

So, basically, he’s committed to the Saints for two more years, if he chooses to play two more years. And because the bulk of his 2020 compensation — $23 million — comes in the form of a roster bonus (not a signing bonus), Brees would owe the Saints nothing if he retires after the 2020 season.

The Saints also could choose to cut Brees after one season, if they decide in 2021 to turn the offense over to Taysom Hill.

4 responses to “Drew Brees’ deal looks a lot like the Philip Rivers and Tom Brady deals

  1. I think the window on this has pretty much closed. They will contend for the playoffs but I think will see Drew slow down significantly. I think Rivers, Brees and Brady could use some load management this year as all their arms looked shaky at the end of the year.

  2. This looks like the final year unless they contend and appear to have a shot the year after, as well. The cap savings is significant next year, but total cap hit, manageable if He/they decide to play in 2021. The old timers division will be fun to watch this season.

  3. Drew Brees, the ultimate stat padder.

    All those years of Brees being greedy is going to hurt him in the end. 1 Super Bowl win for someone who is supposedly an all time great.

  4. And I’d take everyone of them over Prescott. Bonus: you get 10M per, to spend elsewhere.

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