Saints, Brees agree to two-year contract

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After Drew Brees and Saints brass came together for tackle Zach Strief’s retirement press conference Monday, the business of the future Hall of Famer’s new contract was addressed.

Multiple reports indicated Monday that the Saints and their free agent quarterback came to terms on a new contract for two years and $50 million with $27 million guaranteed:


The timing of the new deal is crucial because the Saints needed to wrap up a new Brees contract to void out his old one and the $18 million salary cap charge (in dead money) that would have come with it.

The Saints did not coax Graham to return to New Orleans, losing out on him to Green Bay. However, it is clear significant money is left over after the Brees deal for the Saints to spend on new veteran talent.

The NFL free agent signing period begins Wednesday at 3 p.m. central time.

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