Saints give Brees $44M extension
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.