Drew Brees close to inking a deal with New Orleans
Tom Brady is leaving New England, but Drew Brees won’t be doing the same in New Orleans. According to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, Brees and the Saints are close to finalizing a new contract, one that could be completed as soon as Tuesday.
This hardly comes as a surprise.
Brees contemplated retirement earlier in the offseason, but it didn’t take him long to decide he wanted to play again, and the general consensus was that if he did return, he would remain in New Orleans.
The 41-year-old initially joined the Saints back in 2006, when he signed with the club as a free agent after spending the first five years of his career with the San Diego Chargers.
Brees instantly turned into a superstar in New Orleans, leading the NFL with 4,418 yards and earning a Pro Bowl appearance and a First-Team All-Pro selection during his first season with the club.
Since then, Brees has developed into one of the best passers this game has ever seen, pacing the league in passing yards seven times, passing touchdowns four times and completion percentage six times.
Overall, Brees has made 12 Pro Bowl appearances with the Saints, but his shining moment came during the 2009-10 campaign, when he led New Orleans to a Super Bowl title.
The Saints have not gotten back to a Super Bowl since, suffering numerous gut-wrenching losses in the playoffs, but they have consistently remained title contenders primarily because of Brees’ presence under center.
New Orleans went 13-3 this past season and won the NFC South division before ultimately being dealt an overtime Wild Card Round loss at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings.