According to Ian Rapoport, the Saints and free agent QB Drew Brees have made “significant progress” on a two-year contract and the belief is that they will be able to get an agreement in place at some point Tuesday.
All indications have been that the Saints and Brees will eventually get an extension in place this offseason to ensure he’ll continue his career in New Orleans, so this doesn’t come as a big surprise.
The Vikings reportedly reached out to Brees on Monday, but that was likely just due diligence on their part.
There’s plenty of incentive for New Orleans to push to get this deal done, seeing as they would carry $18 million of dead money on their salary cap from Brees’ prior deal if they don’t sign him to an extension.
Brees, 39, is a former second-round pick of the Chargers back in 2001. After five years with the Chargers, Brees signed on with the Saints as a free agent in 2006.
He’s spent the past 11 seasons in New Orleans and has played out the final year of his two-year, $44.25 million contract and stands to make a base salary of $13 million this season. Brees will be an unrestricted free agent in the coming months.
In 2017, Brees has appeared in 16 games and throw for 4,334 yards while completing 72 percent of his passes to go along with 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 2 quarterback out of 39 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2018 NFL Free Agents list.