Drew Brees Signs One-Year Extension With SaintsBy Amber Lee
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will not be playing out the final year of his contract without an extension.
According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Brees has signed a one-year extension to remain with the Saints through the 2017 season. The deal brings his contract value to $44.25 million fully guaranteed over the next two seasons.
#Saints and QB Drew Brees have agreed in principle to a 1-year extension, source said. He gets $44.25M fully guaranteed. over the next 2 yrs
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 7, 2016
It’s a move that was expected to happen after reports surfaced earlier in the week that the two sides were closing in on a deal. It is, however, a mild surprise that the deal only adds one more year to his current contract.
Brees, 37, is coming off a 2015 campaign that saw him tally a league-leading 4,870 yards with 32 touchdowns. It represented the sixth consecutive season that he’s put up 4,500-plus yards and 30-plus touchdowns.
Just 11,000 yards behind Peyton Manning on the all-time list, Brees figures to cross that plateau before the end of his career. He also needs 111 touchdowns to surpass Manning on that list.