At least one unnamed team offered Brees a two-year deal with $60 million in guarantees before he decided to re-up with the Saints, a source told ESPN's Mike Triplett. Brees ended up with just $27 million guaranteed on his latest contract.
Brees admitted it was tough to weigh the pros and cons of taking a "hometown discount" to allow the Saints to stay competitive against raising the bar for quarterback contracts to help his fellow players, but ultimately decided New Orleans was where he wanted to stay.
"For me, this was about putting our team in the best position to go win a championship in the next few years," said Brees. "I've made it very clear from Day 1 that I was always gonna be a New Orleans Saint as long as they would have me."