Saints give Brees $44M ex­ten­sion

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS & NFL -

Saints quar­ter­back Drew Brees de­cided against hold­ing out for the lengthy con­tract ex­ten­sion he wanted and agreed Wed­nes­day to a new con­tract that keeps him in New Or­leans through 2017.

The As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported the deal guar­an­tees $44.3 mil­lion the next two years. The deal also pro­vides the Saints with nearly $13 mil­lion in ad­di­tional spend­ing flex­i­bil­ity un­der the 2016 salary cap.

The con­tract runs for five years and in­cludes a $30 mil­lion bonus that can be pro­rated over that pe­riod, re­duc­ing the $30 mil­lion that Brees’ old con­tract would have counted against the Saints’ salary cap this sea­son. The deal also has a no-trade clause, but the fi­nal three sea­sons are void­able, mean­ing the Saints and Brees, will have to re­visit the pos­si­bil­ity of an­other ex­ten­sion next year. Good­ell on an­them: Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell dis­agrees with 49ers quar­ter­back Colin Kaeper­nick’s choice to kneel dur­ing the na­tional an­them but rec­og­nizes Kaeper­nick’s right to protest.

“I don’t nec­es­sar­ily agree with what he is do­ing,” Good­ell said in an email to the As­so­ci­ated Press.

“I sup­port our play­ers when they want to see change in so­ci­ety, and we don’t live in a per­fect so­ci­ety,” Good­ell added. “On the other hand, we be­lieve very strongly in pa­tri­o­tism in the NFL. I per­son­ally be­lieve very strongly in that.”

Kaeper­nick said on his In­sta­gram ac­count that he will do­nate all the money he re­ceives from his jersey sales to char­ity. No-go for Bosa? Charg­ers de­fen­sive end Joey Bosa didn’t par­tic­i­pate in prac­tice be­cause of a left leg in­jury, and all in­di­ca­tions are the No. 3 over­all pick won’t play Sun­day.

“Only time will tell be­cause I’m not go­ing to tell you,” coach Mike McCoy said.

When asked if Bosa was a can­di­date for in­jured re­serve, McCoy said: “No, it’s not an IR deal.”

Bosa missed the pre­sea­son dur­ing a 31-day hold­out be­cause of a con­tract dis­pute. He signed his deal Aug. 29. Ex­tra points: The Bron­cos and WR Em­manuel San­ders agreed to a three-year, $33 mil­lion ex­ten­sion. … Vik­ings coach Mike Zim­mer said he will not name a start­ing QB un­til right be­fore the team’s sea­son opener against the Ti­tans. Zim­mer said he will see how Shaun Hill and Sam Brad­ford per­form in prac­tice. … Bills OT Seantrel Hen­der­son is ap­peal­ing his four-game sus­pen­sion for vi­o­lat­ing the league’s sub­stance abuse pol­icy, the AP re­ported. … Sea­hawks WR Doug Bald­win and DE Cliff Avril said they’re may protest dur­ing the na­tional an­them Sun­day.

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