Drew Brees has reached a deal on a contract extension with the Saints that will keep him with the club for this year and next at least.
ESPN's Ed Werder and the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport are reporting that Brees' deal is said to be five years, but is actually voidable down to two. Werder said Brees will be guaranteed $44.25 million over this year and next.
"I'll be here as long as they'll have me," said a smiling Brees at his press conference. "I'm honored that they have the faith and confidence in me."
Reports say the deal is cap-friendly for the team, though it is uncertain how much that will help the team this season.
"I plan to play longer than 2 years. This was in the best interest of the team."
Although this seemed to come down to Brees' self-imposed deadline before the season started, he said it was the first time that he did not have his contract come to the near end of his previous deal.
He said he still is happy with the leadership of the team and that he feels everyone is working to get this team back to a championship.
"It's not like I was a free agent. My goal, all along, as been to remain a New Orleans Saint. That was the objective."
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Head coach Sean Payton did not want to discuss the Brees situation at his morning press briefing.
The team has also released backup quarterback Garrett Grayson, who was chosen in the 2015 draft.
Shortly after news broke of Grayson's release, veteran guard and former Saint Jahri Evans was re-signed by the team.
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