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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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$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

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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

Drew Brees completed 32-of-43 passes for 323 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' 20-17, Week 17 win over the Falcons.

Brees finishes his 15th NFL season with 4,850 yards and 32 touchdown passes despite missing Week 3 with injury. Brees' deep ball was as feathery as ever after he got over his early-season shoulder issue, and his numbers were patently ridiculous when you consider Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead and Ben Watson were his top three targets. Brees is a generational talent, one who doesn't look ready to slow down going on age 37. He'll remain a top-five fantasy quarterback in 2016 even if Sean Payton is coaching elsewhere.
Jan 3 - 4:26 PM

Drew Brees (foot) is probable for Week 17 against the Falcons.

Brees didn't have any setbacks after playing last week. He's a top-six play for Sunday's season finale.
Jan 1 - 5:02 PM

Drew Brees (foot) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

The Saints are just getting Brees some rest ahead of Sunday's finale. He'll be a high-end QB1 against the Falcons.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 05:23:00 PM

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

There's been some speculation that Brees could be on the chopping block due to his upcoming $30 million cap hit in the final year of his deal. Brees turns 37 in a little over two weeks, but he's still playing at an extremely high level with a 31:11 TD:INT ratio, 4,547 yards, and 100.7 passer rating. The Saints have no reasonable in-house options to replace him. Signing a new three-year contract might be best for both sides.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Dec 30, 2015 09:43:00 AM

Drew Brees does not see a scenario in which he and Sean Payton do not return to the Saints next season.

"A plan was put in place throughout last offseason as to how we were going to build a foundation by which to make a run at it in the future," Brees said. "That includes some new faces, that includes some young players that, I think, will all have a chance to come together and kind of build a team that can make a run at it in the future." There are plenty of scenarios which could leave both Brees and Payton somewhere other than New Orleans, but they may not be particularly likely. New Orleans would ask for a king's ransom in return from Payton, and quarterbacks of Brees' stature rarely get moved. Brees will have to agree to a restructuring of his $30 million cap hit to give the Saints some relief, but an extension should make sense for both sides.
Source: NFL.com
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 10:22:00 AM

Drew Brees completed 25-of-36 passes for 412 yards and three touchdowns in the Saints' 38-27, Week 16 win over the Jaguars.

Playing through a torn plantar fascia, Brees decked the Jags for his second most yards of the season. He found Brandin Cooks and Travaris Cadet for long scores, and generally did whatever he wanted on the Superdome's fast track. Although his home/road splits remain dramatic, Brees' play has scarcely fallen off during his age-36 campaign. Any talk of him taking a pay cut next season is ludicrous. He's on the road for Week 17, but in domed Atlanta.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 07:46:00 PM

Drew Brees (foot) is active for Week 16 against the Jaguars.

Brees appears to be at far less than 100 percent, but is a clear QB1 for what will almost certainly be a shootout on the Superdome's fast tack. Inactive for the Saints are RB C.J. Spiller, LB Dannell Ellerbe, WR Marques Colston, OT Zach Strief, OG Ryan Seymour, DL Kaleb Eulls and LB James Anderson.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 02:37:00 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Drew Brees may have to take a "hometown discount" if he wants to return to the Saints next season.

New Orleans would take a $30 million cap hit by retaining Brees next year. The Saints would obviously love to restructure his current deal. Aging quarterbacks have been known to take pay cuts as Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have both seen their salary reduced in recent years. There could be a way for Brees to make a similar amount of money while taking up less cap space. That would probably require converting some of his salary into a bonus. Either way, it's hard to envision Brees leaving New Orleans.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 10:00:00 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirmed Drew Brees (foot) will play Sunday against the Jaguars.

He's dealing with a torn plantar fascia, the same injury that has sidelined Peyton Manning for the last month and a half. Brees had a terrific game against Detroit on Monday night but was obviously running on adrenaline. Even with Brees hobbled, we're expecting a big performance against Jacksonville's swiss cheese secondary. Fire him up as a no-doubt QB1.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 08:27:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Drew Brees
2Garrett Grayson
RB1Mark Ingram
2Khiry Robinson
3C.J. Spiller
4Marcus Murphy
GLB1Mark Ingram
2Khiry Robinson
3RB1Mark Ingram
2C.J. Spiller
FB1Austin Johnson
2Toben Opurum
WR11Brandin Cooks
2Marques Colston
3R.J. Harris
WR21Willie Snead
2Brandon Coleman
3Reggie Bell
4Shane Wynn
WR31Marques Colston
TE1Josh Hill
2Rashaun Allen
3Jack Tabb
4Chris Manhertz
LT1Terron Armstead
LG1Andrus Peat
2Ryan Seymour
C1Max Unger
2Senio Kelemete
RG1Tim Lelito
2Cyril Lemon
RT1Zach Strief
2Bryan Witzmann