Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

National Football League free agency rumors: Drew Brees staying with Saints

National Football League free agency rumors: Drew Brees staying with Saints

Former Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has garnered 100 percent of the free-agent quarterback hype across the National Football League this offseason.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has re-signed with the Saints for two years and $50 million according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

"There was no doubt in our minds, I think both myself and the Saints, that we were gonna get a deal done", Brees said to ESPN after the news of his extension broke. If the team has to cough up close to $30 million per year to land Cousins, that defense is going to be torn apart down the road.

Brees threw for "only" 4,334 yards, a relatively modest total for the quarterback who has churned out 5,000-yard seasons with regularity during his 12 seasons alongside Coach Sean Payton with the Saints.

Not much other than rumors of interest from various teams happened on the first day of the tampering period, with the most notable story coming out of New Orleans byway of Minneapolis.

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Fans can rest easy though, knowing Brees will now likely finish his career with the Saints.

Those teams - or any other for that matter - could simply be leverage for Brees and his camp against the Saints, but what if Brees doesn't balk? They were in position to get there last season, but suffered an improbable-as-it-gets last-second defeat at Minnesota in an NFC semifinal.

Brees needs 1,496 yards to break Manning's record of 71,940. The other is Case Keenum, who has agreed to sign with the Denver Broncos.

His contract talks with the Saints are expected to pick up steam on Monday morning.

The Minnesota Vikings now don't have any quarterbacks on their roster.

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