Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints officially agreed to a new contract earlier this month. The franchise quarterback isn't going anywhere.
New Orleans and its 41-year-old quarterback agreed to a two-year deal worth roughly $50 million. The $25 million/season number is a modest one for a quarterback of Brees' caliber. He likely could have commanded more from the NFC South franchise.
Money was not the most important thing for Brees, though. Saints GM Mickey Loomis revealed Brees' "No. 1 goal" this offseason during a Friday podcast appearance.
Brees wanted to make sure that the Saints had enough salary cap space to make other moves. He made sure of that by signing for $25 million/season.
"We needed to know what Drew was going to count on our (salary) cap this year, what resources are we using, because then that gives us the ability to do some other things," Loomis said Friday on the "New Orleans Saints Podcast." "To Drew's credit, his No. 1 goal was to make sure we had an opportunity to improve our roster, keep our roster together, and be as competitive as we can be."
New Orleans did improve its roster by signing veteran NFL wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, among other moves.
Sanders should be a nice weapon for Brees and the Saints' offense heading into the 2020 season.
"I'm certainly appreciative of how he's handled that contract the last couple times," added Loomis, per The Score. "Because again, the most important thing to him is that we have a competitive team."
The Saints should be among the most-competitive teams in the NFC in 2020. New Orleans is coming off a disappointing Wild Card round loss. Brees and Co. will hope to go much further in the playoffs next January.