A source said that at least one other team was willing to give Brees $60 million guaranteed over two years to try and woo him away from New Orleans. One of the biggest names if that of quarterback Drew Brees, who has said he wants to return to the New Orleans Saints, but many others want him too. All of that money would have hit this year's salary cap if Brees hadn't signed a new deal by March 14. But New Orleans's window to retain Brees is shrinking by the minute with apparently a lot of work to be done. Despite other teams using the legal tampering to send out feelers to Brees' camp, it appears some time spent on Monday with the organization allowed the two parties to get close to a deal.
The news of Brees' re-signing comes about eight hours after Case Keenum, another coveted quarterback free agent, reportedly agreed to terms with the Broncos. The Saints are going to be Super Bowl contenders next year. He remained productive within a toned-down New Orleans offense that featured less passing by Brees and more running by Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. Many would argue the Vikings entered their "Super Bowl window" last season, and the one thing missing from the roster now is a quality starting quarterback. Brees told reporters he expected to be back in 2018 following the 29-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the divisional round.
The Saints have a pair of exciting young playmakers in Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara, so their offense should again be risky with Brees at the helm. If not for the insane ending of their playoff loss to the Vikings, they would have been one step away from another Super Bowl.