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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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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

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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

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett expects Drew Brees to sign a contract extension this offseason.

With Brees set to count $30 million against the cap in the final year of his deal, an extension would help the Saints manage their cap situation and give Brees some long-term security. It would be shocking if he is playing on the same deal next season. Brees threw for 4,870 yards and 32 touchdowns in just 15 games last season.
Source: ESPN
Jan 23 - 10:20 AM

Saints GM Mickey Loomis confirmed Drew Brees will remain the team's quarterback for 2016.

Brees is coming off another elite season, but is set to count $30 million against the salary cap in the final year of his contract. Loomis isn't worried. "We'll figure out how we're going to handle the contract, whether it stays the same and just remains right in place, or whether we do something different," Loomis said. "That's all part of what we've got to figure out in the coming weeks." Extending Brees and lowering his cap number will be a priority for the Saints.
Jan 14 - 4:13 PM

Drew Brees (torn plantar fascia) does not need surgery on his right foot.

Brees played through the issue for the final two weeks of the season, but visited foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson earlier this week. He reportedly recommended 4-6 weeks of rest. Brees will be ready for the Saints' offseason program.
Jan 5 - 2:26 PM

Drew Brees said he would "absolutely" be open to a contract extension this offseason.

New Orleans will have to find a way to lower Brees' $30 million cap charge for 2016, and an extension would make the most sense for both sides. Brees is entering a contract year, and he would likely be open to assurances past his age-37 season. Kicking some of Brees' salary down the road would also help alleviate the cap hit. This move should happen sometime before free agency opens in March.
Jan 4 - 12:47 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
2Toben Opurum
WR11Brandin Cooks
2R.J. Harris
3Shane Wynn
4Kyle Prater
WR21Willie Snead
2Brandon Coleman
3Reggie Bell
WR31Brandon Coleman
TE1Coby Fleener
2Josh Hill
3Michael Hoomanawanui
4Rashaun Allen
5Jack Tabb
LT1Terron Armstead
LG1Andrus Peat
C1Max Unger
2Senio Kelemete
RG1Tim Lelito
2Cyril Lemon
RT1Zach Strief
2Bryan Witzmann
K1Josh Scobee
2Kai Forbath