Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that with Saints QB Drew Brees set to count $30 million against the team’s salary cap in 2016, sources have told him that Brees will need to take a hometown discount to return.
According to Rapoport, there is frustration internally that Brees maximized his contract last time they negotiated a deal to the point where it created depth issues for the team.
There’s no question that the Saints face a difficult situation with Brees during the offseason. Some have said that New Orleans’ best option would be to sign Brees to a short-term extension, which would reduce his cap figure to something more manageable while keeping him under team control a little longer.
Brees, 36, has two years remaining on his five-year, $100 million contract that included $40 million guaranteed. He stands to make base salaries of $18.75 million and $19.75 million over the next two years.
This season, Brees has thrown for 4,135 yards while completing 67.6 percent of his passes to go along with 28 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.