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The Saints and Drew Brees are making a final push to work out a new contract for the quarterback ahead of Week 1, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports.

Brees does not want to engage in contract negotiations during the season, but the two sides are trying to hammer out a contract extension for Brees ahead of Week 1’s home game against the Oakland Raiders.

What he does want? A four-year deal worth $100 million.

The two sides have played chicken all offseason, with concerns about Brees’ age keeping the Saints from extending him. Brees is in the final year of his contract.

The argument from Brees’ side of things begins with his career production and is highlighted by Brees leading the NFL in passing yards in 2015.

Brees is 37 and dealt with a shoulder injury last season, but he’s been remarkably consistent since coming to New Orleans. He’s averaged a ridiculous 4,856 passing yards and 35 touchdowns in his 10 years with the Saints.

He brought New Orleans a Super Bowl in 2009 and has combined with Sean Payton to produce one of the most explosive offenses in NFL history.

Brees will turn 38 before the 2017 season, so the Saints would effectively be paying him until he’s 42, depending on how the contract is structured (it wouldn’t be shocking to see a four-year contract that is really a two-year deal). Quarterbacks these days are playing longer than ever, but the Saints concern is understandable: $25 million a year is quite a bit of coin for someone approaching the decline phase of his career.

But there’s a championship window to be had for the Brees/Payton combo. It’s not a big one, but the Saints surely want to take advantage. Working out a deal would give them the opportunity.


Source: CBS Sports / Brees and Saints working on new deal before Week 1, QB wants M per year