This is such a blessing to all those involved (and not so involved). To an aging quarterback that no longer has to worry about his job security beyond this year. To a team that leans on said quarterback's talents more so than any one team has ever leaned on any one player quite possibly in NFL history. To the fans that have now been reassured that the face of the franchise will remain in black and gold as long as his body holds up. To the people already tired of writing about contracts and guaranteed money. I genuinely don't believe that anybody truly thought that Drew Brees would finish his career elsewhere. but it will be nice not having to speculate about it literally every single time the Saints hit a rough patch during the season.
Which leads me to my next question...why the fuck did this take so long? I'm not going to pretend I have much experience negotiating the intricacies of a 9 figure deals, but this seems like the most logical situation for both sides. Drew gets short term insurance and relatively (by NFL standards) long term potential pending his health. The Saints lock up the best player in their 50 year history without being tied to him financially if Father Times comes a calling sooner rather than later. I know that it's the job of everyone in that room to do what's best for them monetarily, but with what's best for them sitting right under their goddamn nose it feels like dragging this out to 4 DAYS prior to the season was unnecessary. Whatever. What's done is finally done, and what's been done is a logical, mutually beneficial conclusion has been reached to keep Drew Brees in New Orleans as long as he can still stand upright in the pocket without a cane....