The New Orleans Saints just extended quarterback Drew Brees’ contract for one season, with the new season being worth a whopping $24.25 million, fully guaranteed, per Pro Football Talk. That will keep him in New Orleans through the 2018 season.
The contract also has a no-trade clause, and bars the Saints from using the franchise tag on Brees in 2018 — so they’ll have to pay up big to keep him, again. Or he can just walk if he doesn’t want to play for a team that can’t seem to put together a good defense at any point.
The Saints, of course, continue to confront cap problems every year, and this contract won’t diminish those issues. By using some contract trickery, it once again pushed cap hits into the future — either 2017 or 2018, depending on specifics.
What’s most important for the Bucs is that Brees will be in New Orleans in 2018, too, guaranteeing that they’ll have to find a way to stop him. Or at least, to limit his scoring so that that terrible, terrible Saints defense can lose the game for him.