Drew Brees agrees to 2-year, $50M deal to return to Saints

Are Saints in danger of losing Drew Brees to the... Vikings

As expected, the deal means the 39-year-old quarterback and self-described "Saint for life" won't hit a free agent market that has already seen former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum agree to a deal with the Denver Broncos. Thanks to a revamped defense and improved running game, Brees was able to throw for his fewest yards (4,334), touchdowns (23) and interceptions (8) in his 12 seasons with the Saints while setting the National Football League record for completion percentage (72.0).

According to Ian Rapoport, Brees is guaranteed $27 million.

Ultimately, though, Brees wanted to return to the Saints, and the Saints wanted to bring back their franchise quarterback.

"I'll be here as long as they'll have me", Brees said after last season ended in January.

Offense has never been the problem since Brees and head coach Sean Payton came to New Orleans more than a decade ago. But the objective for me was - I've made it known from Day 1 that I want to be in New Orleans (and) stay in New Orleans; I love our team.

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However Brees doesn't have to do it all for the Saints anymore.

The 11-time Pro Bowler has thrown for 4,000 or more yards every season he has been with the Saints. Brett Favre also is ahead of Brees - for now - with 71, 838 yards and 508 TDs passing.

The Saints won their wild-card playoff game against Carolina, and were one play short of advancing to the NFC Championship for the third time with Brees.

The deal caps a news-cycle's worth of speculation over negotiations between Brees and the Saints.

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