NEW ORLEANS—Two people familiar with the contract say Drew Brees has agreed to a two-year, $50-million extension with the New Orleans Saints.
The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Tuesday because the agreement has not been announced. The people say $27 million is guaranteed in the first year.
Brees, who turned 39 in January, was due to become a free agent on Wednesday. But he has said he wanted to finish his career in New Orleans, where he has played since 2006, won a Super Bowl and led what has been one of the most productive offences in the NFL since he and coach Sean Payton arrived.
“I’ll be here as long as they’ll have me,” Brees said after last season ended in January.
Now his a return is assured to a team that came within one play of advancing to last season’s NFC championship game, falling at Minnesota when the Vikings scored an unlikely, 61-yard touchdown on the final play of the game.
Last season, Brees completed an NFL-record 72 per cent of his passes for 4,334 yards and 23 touchdowns against eight interceptions. He ranked fourth in the NFL in yards passing and the Saints ranked second in the NFL in total offence.
Brees has passed for 70,445 yards and 488 touchdowns in 17 seasons — 58,097 yards and 408 touchdowns in 12 seasons with New Orleans.