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

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

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

A mystery team was willing to give Drew Brees a nice payday to leave New Orleans, but it wasn't enough to get him to give up the French Quarter and beignets. The 39-year-old signal caller signed a two-year, $50 million dollar contract to remain a member of the New Orleans Saints.

NFL Network reported Monday that the Minnesota Vikings had reached out to Brees, and ESPN reported that one team offered him two years and $60 million guaranteed.

Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints looks to pass against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 7, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Saints won their wild-card playoff game against Carolina, and were one play short of advancing to the NFC Championship for the third time with Brees.

Brees re-structured his contract to cut a cap hit in 2016 almost in half, pro-rating a signing bonus of $18 million over three years, starting in 2018. This leaves a window for other teams to contact Brees.

"I'm hoping I'm a part of a few more that I feel that way about and we can make a run at it", Brees said after saying he believed the Saints were a Super Bowl contender. Norwell's deal will include $30 million guaranteed.Receiver Marqise Lee has agreed to re-sign for a four-year deal worth $38 million.

Brees threw for 4,334 yards, his lowest total since 2005, and 23 touchdowns, his lowest since 2003.

Their three quarterbacks last season, Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater and Case Keenum are all unrestricted free agents. The Saints have repeatedly said he isn't going anywhere.

While it seems as if a return to New Orleans is inevitable, he hasn't signed a deal with the Saints just yet.

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. All of that money would have hit this year's salary cap if Brees hadn't signed a new deal by March 14.

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