Brees’ Signing Results in Win-Win for Saints and Him


Future Hall of Famer Wants to Finish in New Orleans

Drew Brees gave South Louisiana and Who Dat Nation something positive to think about Wednesday when he announced that he had signed a two-year contract extension for $44.5 million. The actual contract is for a five-year period, but the final three years of the deal will void. If the 37-year-old quarterback enjoys continued success during the 2016 season the Saints could revisit Brees’ contract and renegotiate before the 2017 season starts.

Brees, who was entering the final year of a five-year $100 million contract he signed in July of 2012, had said he was not going to enter contract talks once the regular season

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Drew Brees Led Saints To 2009 Super Bowl Title

started. The new contract is definitely lucrative, but besides guaranteeing Brees for two years, it freed up cap money that the team can use to strengthen its roster.

The signing means New Orleans will enter Sunday’s High Noon season opener against the Oakland Raiders at the Mercedes Benz Superdome with the face of the franchise firmly in place for at least two more years. A stickler on conditioning, Brees has been quoted as saying he thinks he will be able to play, and be productive, into his 40s.

Tom Brady, who turned 39 last month, has been suspended for the first four games of the regular season for his role in Deflategate, an investigation into the Patriots alleged use of deflated footballs in the 2014 (January, ’15) American Conference championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. Brady has not shown any signs of slowing down. Peyton Manning, who retired after Denver’s Super Bowl victory in January, is 40. Manning, however, had seen his arm strength deteriorate due to surgery and years of play.

Brees, the first pick in the second round of the 2001 NFL draft, spent five years with the San Diego Chargers. He played sparingly in his rookie campaign, throwing only 27


Brees Has Been Stable And Extremely Productive In His Decade With Saints

passes (one TD) in mop-up duty, but earned the starting job in 2002. After earning Pro Bowl status in 2004, Brees suffered a career threatening injury late in the 2005 season. He suffered a bad dislocation on his shoulder joint and tore his labrum and rotator cuff.

The Chargers decided to cut him loose, and Saints’ new coach Sean Payton was glad to pick up the talented signal-caller. Brees, who had put in the grueling work to regain strength in his shoulder, was courted by both the Miami Dolphins and the Saints as each team looked for a new quarterback in 2006. The Dolphins passed on Brees before signing Daunte Culpepper. Brees then joined the Saints. The rest, as they say, is history.

And what a history it has been. A victory in Super Bowl XLIV where he was the MVP, 348 touchdown passes (he had 80 with San Diego), and Offensive Player of the Year awards in 2008 and 2011. Since joining New Orleans, Brees had led the NFL in touchdown passes, passing yardage, and 300-yard passing games.

While Brees has not been as dominant as he was in 2008-201 as far as his long


Drew’s Signing Has All Of New Orleans Smiling

passing, he has still been able to rack up TDs and record breaking yardage totals during the last three seasons. In fact, Brees passed for over 4,000 (4,870) yards in 2015, the seventh straight season he has bettered the mark, breaking Manning’s record of six straight seasons. And he did it in only 15 games, missing an early season game last season.

The Austin native has thrown for 60,903 yards and 428 touchdowns while being intercepted 205 times in his 15-year career. Brady has thrown for the same number of career touchdowns, 428, and 58,028 yards while being victimized for 150 pickoffs. Brady, who was chosen in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft, has led New England to six Super Bowls and four championships in his 15 full seasons. He missed nearly all of the 2008 season with a torn ACL.

Professional football franchises usually go as far as the team’s quarterback will take them. That has really been evident during the past fifteen years. Brees, Brady, Aaron


Quarterbacks Play Biggest Role And Brees Has Stepped Up Big Time

Rodgers, the Mannings (Peyton and Eli each have two SB titles) have accounted for ten championships in that time span.

As Brees starts his eleventh season in the Crescent City, he has established himself as more than the hometown quarterback. He is the epitome of class, his team leadership giving club management and fans a feeling of stability. His arrival in New Orleans coincided with the city’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina, and he has provided more than football victories for the citizenry. His calm demeanor and professionalism seems to settle everything, and everyone, down.

Always prepared, on and off the field, he is the ultimate role model for youngsters. Unlike many superstars in various sports of today, Brees has never been mentioned in any actions or comments that could be construed as questionable.

Enjoy him Who Dat Nation! He may not get us back to another Super Bowl, but Drew Brees will be prepared, and ready to play all out during the next two seasons.

Who knows? Defending conference champ and Super Bowl participant Carolina lost its season opener. Get off to a good start Sunday, get increased production from a questionable running game, and special things could be in store for 2016. Brees just has to be himself, stay healthy, and hold off opponents—-and Father Time.

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