Report: Brees, Saints discuss extension
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees appears in line to be the next big-name quarterback to get a new, big-money deal.
Brees confirmed to the New Orleans Times-Picayune that his agent, Tom Condon, has been talking with the team about a contract extension. Brees is in the final year of a six-year, $60 million contract.
"They've been in discussions," Brees told the newspaper. "That's been ongoing."
Since the start of last season, three marquee quarterbacks have agreed to whopping new deals. Tom Brady of the New England Patriots got a four-year contract extension worth $18 million a season. Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts agreed to a five-year deal also worth $18 million a year. This week, Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles agreed to an extension reported to be six seasons at $16.7 million a year.
Brees, 32, has a Super Bowl title to his credit, a 79-58 career record as a starter and a 91.7 passer rating. Vick, 31, has reached a conference championship game once but not a Super Bowl. He is 46-31-1 as a starter and has an 80.2 passer rating.
It would appear Brees could argue he's worthy of a deal exceeding Vick's $100 million.
"I did see it," Brees told the newspaper of Vick's deal. "It looks like a nice contract. Obviously, I don't know any of the details other than the six years and $100 million."
Brees threw for 4,620 yards and 33 touchdowns last season as the Saints went 11-5. As a wild card, the Saints lost their playoff opener at Seattle.