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Drew Brees: New contract puts Saints in ‘best position to succeed’

Drew Brees on Tuesday agreed to terms on a new contract with the New Orleans Saints that likely will keep him with the team until retirement.

It was widely expected the parties would be able to ultimately hammer out a deal. While there was some semblance of uncertainty in recent days, Brees and the Saints put the finishing touches on a two-year $50 million deal, which includes $27 million guaranteed. The contract is actually a one-year deal with a team option that also includes a no-trade clause.

All told, Brees, in comments made Tuesday, expressed satisfaction with his new contract, especially how the terms put the Saints in a great spot to add more talent.

“I think that provides certainly the team with the most flexibility when it comes to being able to anticipate the future and the ability to acquire free agents and re-sign players on our existing roster that will build a championship team,” Brees said, via ESPN.

Brees and the Saints have both long insisted a deal keeping the veteran signal-caller in New Orleans was more a formality than anything else. The involved parties, including Brees, Saints general manager Mickey Loomis and head coach Sean Payton spent the past several months indicating as much.

“There was no doubt in our minds, I think both myself and the Saints, that we were gonna get a deal done,” Brees said. “It was just a matter of what was the most fair deal for me and for the team to put us in the best position to succeed in the near future. And that’s what we tried to do with the deal.”

Now, with any notion of uncertainty behind him, the 39-year-old Brees is eager to see just far the Saints can go while building off a postseason appearance last season.

“I love my team and am excited about the opportunity we will have together,” Brees said.