NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported "significant progress" was made Monday toward a new two-year deal for Brees during the star quarterback's visit to the facility, according to sources. "The belief is it gets done today," Rapoport tweeted Tuesday.
Brees was on hand for the emotional retirement of Zach Strief, a parting ceremony that saw the signal-caller shed tears for his longtime offensive tackle. The event "paid off," Rapoport noted, kick-starting a fresh wave of contract talks and quieting chatter around Brees winding up elsewhere.
The safe money was always on Brees returning to the Saints. Taking calls from interested suitors never hurts -- by all accounts, it had the desired effect -- but we're right where we expected to be on the eve of free agency.