As Drew Brees, heads into the final year of his contract with the New Orleans Saints, what most people don’t know is that he has a little-known, and rarely used clause in his deal with the team that prohibits the Saints from using its franchise tag on him, league sources told ESPN.
In essence, Brees could very well re-sign with New Orleans, a city, by the way, he says he loves and will always be connected to, but the team cannot block him from exiting.
Brees, who is 38-years-old, led the NFL in passing yards for the seventh time last season with 5,208, and said during the summer that he is not focused on his contract status. Brees and the Saints open their season on Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings.
Brees said in July: “Right now [no discussions are taking place]. I don’t expect them to. I don’t really desire them to,” “I just want to play football and help this team win.”
Last year, Brees and the Saints hashed out a one-year extension worth a cool $24.25 million. This came just a few days before the regular-season kicked off so that he wouldn’t become an unrestricted free agent after the season had ended.