Brees agreed to new contract that keeps him in New Orleans through the 2017 season, and a person familiar with the deal says it guarantees the record-setting quarterback $44.3 million the next two years.
The deal also provides the Saints with nearly $13 million in additional spending flexibility under the 2016 salary cap as the team continues to shuffle the roster in advance of Sunday's regular-season opener at home against Oakland.
Earlier this summer, Brees had stated that he believes he can play at an elite level at least another five years.
"I wanted the contract to reflect that, naturally, and have it be the last contract that I signed," Brees said. "But it was in the best interest of the team to make it a little bit shorter. And I think that just made everyone a bit more comfortable and it still put us in a very good position to go out and do the things we need to do to continue to build the team and put us in the best position to succeed. And that to me was the most important thing."
Minnesota Coach Mike Zimmer wants to keep the
Zimmer declined to announce a starter Wednesday, saying he will see how veteran backup
"I thought we'd run the single wing this week," Zimmer deadpanned.
The Vikings gave Philadelphia a first-round draft pick and a conditional fourth-round pick for Bradford, leading Titans Coach