The QB dominoes continue to fall.
Drew Brees has agreed to return to the Saints on a two-year, $50 million deal, according to multiple reports.
The 39-year-old future Hall of Famer was the biggest name in this year’s quarterback free-agency class, but he was never expected to hit the open market and repeatedly expressed his interest to rejoin New Orleans, where he’s spent the last 12 seasons.
The new contract is effectively a one-year deal with a team option after the 2018 season, ESPN reports, and also includes a no-trade clause that will all but guarantee Brees finishes his career with the Saints.
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. That deal more or less drops Denver out of the race of Kirk Cousins, who remains the Jets’ top free agent target. Gang Green is entering free agency — which officially begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday — with the most cap space in the NFL at $89,879,171.
Brees threw for 4,334 yards, 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions last season while leading the Saints back to the playoffs for the first time since 2013. On Christmas Eve, he became the fastest quarterback in NFL history to reach 70,000 career passing yards. He joined Brett Favre and Petyon Manning in that exclusive club.