On the same day ESPN reported that Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints haven't had any contract negotiations recently, the Saints owner, Tom Benson, said that Brees is expected to re-join the Saints next week and the two sides are "close" to a deal.
Benson was conducting a press conference to announce the purchase of the NBA's New Orleans Hornets and the first question was, of course, about his football team. That Benson says the two sides are "close" to a deal is great news for the Saints, who could use some good news this offseason.
Brees' deal is expected to be among the richest deals in NFL history. He signed a six-year contract with the Saints back in 2006 and played through that entire contract. He should move into a new level of pay, possibly in the $20 million per year range.
The Saints offseason program starts on Monday. Even if Brees doesn't sign his franchise tag or come to a longterm agreement, he can still attend the workouts, if he wants to.
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