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Drew Brees said all along he meant to remain with the New Orleans Saints.

Free agency officially begins and players can officially sign contracts beginning Wednesday.

ESPN is reporting Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints have agreed to a new 2-year contract worth $50 million. But New Orleans's window to retain Brees is shrinking by the minute with apparently a lot of work to be done. If Brees left, he was going to count $18 million against the team's salary cap, so the team wouldn't have saved much if it allowed him to walk.

Offense has never been the problem since Brees and head coach Sean Payton came to New Orleans more than a decade ago.

Although the team will seemingly move forward with Bradford under center next season, the Cardinals were hoping to land one-time Super Bowl champion, Drew Brees.

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But it's no secret that other teams would be willing to pay big money to secure a Hall of Fame quarterback of Brees' caliber.

Brees set an National Football League record for completion percentage (72.0) last season despite throwing for his fewest yards (4,334), touchdowns (23) and interceptions (eight) in his 12 seasons with the Saints.

Brees has been New Orleans' franchise player during the franchise's greatest era, which has been highlighted by a Super Bowl championship in the 2009 season and five other playoff seasons. This includes the Minnesota Vikings.

This was the likely ending for this situation, although Brees, even though he got $27 million guaranteed, probably took the lower end of his spectrum in terms of a deal. If not for the insane ending of their playoff loss to the Vikings, they would have been one step away from another Super Bowl.