Drew Brees agrees new two-year, $50m deal with New Orleans Saints

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If New Orleans can't come to an agreement with Brees by Wednesday, $18 million in dead money would count toward the team's salary cap for 2018. That may be less than Brees could have made with another team or if he'd fully pressed his leverage, but Brees said that wasn't his top priority.

One of the most prized free agents in the National Football League this year is starting to see teams step up. "He's the greatest player in Saints history, and we get to watch him retire here in New Orleans", said the Cajun Cannon Bobby Hebert.

Although the team will seemingly move forward with Bradford under center next season, the Cardinals were hoping to land one-time Super Bowl champion, Drew Brees.

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"There was no doubt in our minds, I think both myself and the Saints, that we were gonna get a deal done", Brees told ESPN's Mike Triplett.

Brees, an 11-time Pro Bowl selection, threw for 4,334 yards last season as the Saints reached the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

Brees signed a five-year contract extension with the Saints in 2016, although it included an automatic void after two years - thus making him eligible for free agency this offseason.

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If the Vikings pursue Brees too much and he ends up signing with New Orleans again, they may miss out on Kirk Cousins. Minnesota can offer more money, a better receiving corps and the kind of defense the Saints have never been able to build for their quarterback.

In the process, Brees and the Saints became a symbol of New Orleans' resurgence after the storm that flooded 80 percent of the city, flourishing together during the past decade-plus of recovery.

Brees needs 1,496 yards to break Manning's record of 71,940.

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