Drew Brees takes less to try and win one more with Saints

From ESPN - March 13, 2018

METAIRIE, La. -- Fifty million dollars over two years might not sound like much of a discount. But considering that Drew Brees' latest extension with the New Orleans Saints includes just $27 million guaranteed, he might be as much of a bargain as anyone who signs in free agency this year.

For example, quarterbacks Kirk Cousins, Jimmy Garoppolo and Matthew Stafford each reportedly got deals with at least $84 million in guarantees over the past year. Alex Smith reportedly got $71 million guaranteed.

And a source said that at least one other team was willing to give Brees $60 million guaranteed over two years to try and woo him away from New Orleans.

But the Saints have made it clear that they want to pay Brees just one year at a time now that he is 39 years old. And for the third consecutive year, the future Hall of Famer was willing to offer the Saints a bit of a hometown discount in terms of the length of his contract. In 2016, he signed just a one-year extension, and last year he let his deal play out without pushing for an early renewal.

Id be lying if I said it [wasnt hard to weigh maximizing his value and raising the bar for other players versus helping the team], said Brees, who was once a prominent member of the NFL Players Associations executive committee. Because I know that when any player does their deal, they typically look at the comps and base their deal on those -- and what is amarket value.' ... Im sure that one of these quarterbacks coming up -- Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Kirk Cousins -- is going to set a new mark.

But for me, this was about putting our team in the best position to go win a championship in the next few years. ... Ive made it very clear from day one that I was always gonna be a New Orleans Saint as long as they would have me."

Brees practically apologized to agent Tom Condon, whose job is to keep raising the bar while representing many of the games top quarterbacks. (He oversaw the Stafford and Smith deals and has Ryan coming up next, among others.)

I love my agent. I think hes the best there is. ... But at the end of the day, my intent was much different in regards to building the team," said Brees, who noted that it was interesting to hear what other teams were willing to pay him for the first time in 12 years, since teams were free to negotiate with Condon when the "legal tampering" window opened on Monday.

"I have never had a chance to hear that, except for when I was hurt back in 2006, Brees said. But in most cases when my agent would begin to open his mouth about another team, I would not even let him finish the sentence."

So what does Brees expect in return?

Well, another Super Bowl is obviously the ultimate goal.


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