What Drew Brees’ contract really does for the New Orleans Saints


On Monday (March 12) at Zach Strief’s retirement press conference with the New Orleans Saints, the room got misty-eyed when the retired offensive tackle talked about how his single greatest motivation as a player was Drew Brees, and how his greatest drive was to not let his quarterback down.

Brees, in attendance for the conference, was visibly emotional during Strief’s lengthy speech. 

On Tuesday (March 13), Brees and the Saints announced that the two sides had agreed on a new two-year contract before NFL free agency began in earnest on Wednesday afternoon.

As the terms of the deal slowly start to be released it shows that Brees, while still among the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league, took significantly less money than he could have gotten on the open market to allow the Saints to be an attractive place for free agents to land. 

And that, in a nutshell, is what Brees has done since his tenure with Sean Payton began in New Orleans in 2006 — changing the perception of a franchise that saw more famine than feast in its history up until that point. 

“Drew Brees is going to retire here as the greatest athlete in the history of this city,” Jeff Duncan said during a segment on Wednesday’s edition of “Dunc & Holder.”

The elevated stature of the Saints over the 12 years can’t be overstated enough; going from an organization that had five playoff appearances, one postseason victory and five true seasons above .500, to one with a world championship and six double-digit winning seasons. 

“What he’s brought to the organization in terms of raising the profile, improving the perception and image, players want to come play here,” Duncan said. “I don’t have to remind Saints fans, but that was not the case for a long time.”

Brees also has the opportunity to finish his career as one of the most prolific quarterbacks in the history in New Orleans.

“I think it needs to be appreciated that Drew Brees is going to be able to break all these records with the Saints,” Larry Holder said. 

Check out the rest of the segment above as the guys also talk about some of the other big-money free agent moves so far being reported this offseason. 

“Dunc & Holder” airs every weekday from 10 a.m. to noon on Sports 1280 AM, all NOLA.com platforms and the iHeart Radio app. You can also catch the show on YouTube Live daily on the New Orleans Saints on NOLA.com homepage on YouTube.com

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