NEW ORLEANS — We knew it was coming, but now it's official: Drew Brees isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
The Saints leader and future hall-of-famer has agreed to a 2-year deal for $50 million to remain in New Orleans, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said Tuesday morning.
No. 9 recently said he could play football until he was 45 years old -- and this deal means he'll now get at least halfway there.
Rapoport reports Brees took less than was on the table to help build the team.
"The #Saints agree to terms with QB Drew Brees, source said. He gets a 2-year deal worth roughly $50M. Never in doubt, but now done. And Brees took less to help the team continue to build," he said.
The move comes after the Saints placed a first round tender on backup quarterback Taysom Hill, who you can expect to see get more snaps this season along side Brees.
What the tender means is that if another team offers a deal to the Saints multi-purpose threat, the Saints would have the right to match the offer, or, if they don't match it, they would receive a first round draft pick if they lose Hill.
Entering his 20th season in the NFL, Drew Brees had the best quarterback rating of his career in the 2019 season.
Brees also said that he doesn't plan on playing elsewhere, saying he wants to end his career playing for the New Orleans Saints. A team that he feels an obligation for.
Turning 41 in January, Brees will be one of the oldest quarterbacks to play in the NFL in the upcoming season. What comes to Brees' mind when he thinks of continuing to play?
"You begin to weigh the sacrifices that you and your family make for you to be able to play this game at the highest level," Brees said. "Give it the type of time and attention it deserves in order to be the very best. You owe that obligation to yourself and to your team."