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Drew Brees | Quarterback | #9

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (37) / 1/15/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 209
College: Purdue
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 2 (32) / SD
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Saints GM Mickey Loomis said there's been "no progress" in contract talks with Drew Brees.
It confirms previous reports. The Saints want to extend Brees, but don't feel the need to lower his $30 million cap hit. The sides will attempt to work something out before Week 1. Jul 27 - 6:49 PM

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Walk-year QB Drew Brees said he and the Saints have not seriously discussed a contract extension since March.

Brees is set to count $30 million against the cap in the final year of his deal. With free agency all but wrapped up, the Saints do not have much incentive to lower his cap charge with an extension, and it does not appear they are terribly concerned about Brees bolting next spring. Brees has said he will not discuss a new deal during the season, giving the two sides around a month and a half to work something out. It would still be surprising if Brees entered the season without a new deal, but it is clearly not out of the question.
Source: ESPN
Jul 23 - 11:33 AM

Saints coach Sean Payton said he has not seen a drop off in play from Drew Brees.

"There's not a rep, a play where I've noticed something different," Payton told NFL Network's Total Access. Brees turned 37 in January, but he has thrown for at least 4,600 yards every season but one since 2008 and at least 32 scores every year over that span. That streak will come to an end at some point, but with Coby Fleener and Michael Thomas added to an already solid group of weapons, it is unlikely to be this season.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 12 - 10:57 AM

Drew Brees said he and the Saints have not discussed a long-term contract extension in about two months.

Brees said he is "not stressing" over his contract, but he does not want negotiations to drag into the season. "I don't like to talk about contract during the season," Brees said. "So there's a deal to be done now, and then if it doesn't get done now, then there will be a different deal to get done at the end of the year." The reason Brees gives for the deadline is not wanting his contract to be a distraction during the season. That may be true, but this pronouncement has the added benefit of putting pressure on the Saints to get something done. It would be a shock if the two sides did not come to an agreement before the season.
Source: ESPN
May 26 - 8:54 AM

Drew Brees said there were "discussions" about his contract when the Saints were pursuing Josh Norman last week.

Those "discussions" were undoubtedly about lowering Brees' massive $30 million cap number. Norman seemed dead set on going to Washington, so we're not sure it would have made a difference. It's clear both Brees and the Saints are interested in adding years onto his deal, not only to keep Brees under control longer but to give New Orleans some salary cap flexibility.
Apr 27 - 5:07 PM

Contract-year QB Drew Brees remains "very confident" an extension will happen this offseason.

"I’m very confident that it will," Brees said. "I’ve got one year left, so it’s not the end of the world if it doesn’t and we play through the year. I’d rather not do that." Brees' $30 million cap number remains an astronomical sum and probably held the Saints back from being able to lure CB Josh Norman before he ultimately chose the Redskins. Brees is the face of the franchise and likely has been personally involved in contract discussions, so he certainly knows more than has been made public. A two- or three-year extension makes too much sense.
Apr 26 - 9:04 PM

ESPN's Mike Triplett reports the Saints did not discuss trading for the No. 1 overall pick.

This refutes a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, who said the Saints were interested in trading up to acquire a quarterback. Triplett denies the Saints were ever involved in trade talks for No. 1, but he does agree the Saints are interested in adding a quarterback, perhaps in the middle rounds. Entering the final year of his deal, Drew Brees said extension talks were "ongoing" on Tuesday. He turned 37 in January.
Source: ESPN
Apr 26 - 12:31 PM

NOLA.com’s Jeff Duncan "wouldn’t completely rule out" Drew Brees playing out his contract year.

"However, both sides know it's in their best interest to get a deal done," Duncan added. Brees is owed $30 million against the cap and holds all the leverage, but has expressed confidence an extension will get worked out. The Saints haven’t made any progress with Brees despite having only $1.3M in cap space. Brees is expected to command $22M-plus annually on his new deal.
Mar 26 - 2:39 PM

Contract-year QB Drew Brees remains "very confident" he'll sign an extension this offseason.

"I wouldn’t say there’s anything complicated about it, and yet I understand it’s a process," Brees said. "So I know that these things happen in due time." An extension is of the essence for the cap-strapped Saints, as Brees' $30 million cap number is the highest in the entire league. New Orleans reportedly has just $1.3 million in space. The New Orleans Times-Picayune has guessed Brees' deal will be worth $22 million annually. That would be a very modest increase on the $20 million he's averaged under his current deal. Brees is undoubtedly angling for more in what's likely his final payday.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 24 - 7:11 PM

The New Orleans Times-Picayune expects Drew Brees to get $22 million annually on his new contract.

Brees is set to count $30 million against the cap in the final year of his deal. The two sides have yet to open talks, but an extension should be reached before training camp. Despite entering his age-37 season, Brees is going to command top-five quarterback money.
Mar 19 - 3:31 PM

Asked about Drew Brees' contract situation on Tuesday, Saints GM Mickey Loomis said "he's under contract."

In other words, extension talks aren't going very well. Speaking late last month, coach Sean Payton said he expected a new deal to get done "very easily," but it's not surprising there are complications with an all-world quarterback who happens to be headed into his age-37 season. Brees probably isn't in the mood for any hometown discounts on his final payday.
Mar 14 - 3:50 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton expects a new Drew Brees deal to get done "very easily."

37-year-old Brees is entering the final year of his deal. "I just know there will be an extension," Payton said. "I know that things will get worked out. I know where (Brees is) at, and his mindset and his competitive nature of wanting to be successful." It's an optimistic take from Payton, as the last time the sides hammered out a long-term deal in 2012, it was extremely acrimonious. Of course, Brees' career is in a different place now. It's hard to imagine him moving on from New Orleans.
Feb 25 - 4:43 PM

Saints GM Mickey Loomis said he wants to extend Drew Brees' contract.

Loomis hasn't opened talks with Brees or his agent yet, so no deal is imminent. Lowering Brees' cap number by giving him an extension seems like a no-brainer. As it stands for 2016, Brees counts $30 million against the Saints' cap.
Feb 16 - 7:51 PM

$10.85 million of Drew Brees' base salary for 2016 became fully guaranteed on Wednesday.

The Saints were never going to part with Brees, but extending his contract makes sense because it would lower his absurd $30 million cap number. New Orleans has already cleared cap space by releasing LB David Hawthorne, OG Jahri Evans, and LB Ramon Humber. Dannell Ellerbe also agreed to take a pay cut.
Feb 10 - 4:27 PM

In an interview with ESPN, Drew Brees said he has yet to have discussions with the Saints about a contract extension.

"If conversations are to be had," Brees said, "they haven’t happened yet." Set to count $30 million against the cap in the final year of his deal, it is widely expected Brees will get a contract extension this offseason. Saints GM Mickey Loomis has hinted the team could leave Brees' contract as it is, but that seems unlikely. The two sides should work something out before free agency opens.
Feb 4 - 1:09 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Drew Brees
2Luke McCown
3Garrett Grayson
RB1Mark Ingram
2Tim Hightower
3C.J. Spiller
4Travaris Cadet
5Marcus Murphy
GLB1Mark Ingram
2Tim Hightower
3RB1Mark Ingram
2Tim Hightower
FB1Austin Johnson
2Sione Houma
WR11Brandin Cooks
2Brandon Coleman
3Kyle Prater
4Jared Dangerfield
5Hakeem Nicks
WR21Willie Snead
2Michael Thomas
3R.J. Harris
4Reggie Bell
5Tommylee Lewis
WR31Michael Thomas
TE1Coby Fleener
2Josh Hill
3Michael Hoomanawanui
4Chris Manhertz
5Garrett Griffin
LT1Terron Armstead
2Tyrus Thompson
LG1Tim Lelito
2Senio Kelemete
3Landon Turner
4Kaleb Eulls
C1Max Unger
2Marcus Henry
3Jack Allen
RG1Andrus Peat
2Cyril Lemon
3Ryker Mathews
4Landon Turner
RT1Zach Strief
2Joseph Cheek
3Avery Young
K1Kai Forbath
2Connor Barth