Quarterback Drew Brees has a new deal with the Saints and his first comments about the two-year, $50 million contract emphasized the space it leaves for the team to continue building a championship contender.
Brees is due $27 million in guaranteed money, which essentially makes it a one-year deal with an option to continue the relationship in 2019 if all continues to go well. That may be less than Brees could have made with another team or if he’d fully pressed his leverage, but Brees said that wasn’t his top priority.
It’s realistic to believe the 49ers聽will have a legitimate chance to leap-frog the re-tooling Seahawks in the NFC West, and they could even threaten the division-champion Rams.
Before free agency even started, they took drastic steps to upgrade the roster, trading for wide receiver Jarvis Landry, quarterback Tyrod Taylor and defensive back Damarious Randall.
Then came the signings of running back Carlos Hyde, tight end Darren Fells, and offensive tackles Chris Hubbard and聽Donald Stephenson, among others.
Taylor is an underappreciated passer who seldom commits turnovers.
Or maybe not, and the Dolphins would have backed out of the verbal agreement after doctors looked at the shoulder.
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This dynamic is particularly relevant to quarterback Sam Bradford and receiver Allen Robinson. With tentative deals in Arizona and Chicago, respectively, it’s possible that doctors will decide not to recommend consummation if a pre-signing physical is a condition. The question then becomes whether the momentum coming from the expected deal will influence the medical assessment and, in hindsight, whether a legal tampering window in 2006 and a deal in principle between Brees and the Dolphins would have influenced the outcome of the physical.
Hey, Dolphins fans can dream about what may have been over the last dozen years.
Cardinals fans and Bears fans need to hope that these physicals come back clean. Or, maybe in the case of Cardinals fans, that Bradford’s doesn’t.Report: Broncos fielding calls OG Anunoby Jersey about trading Trevor Siemian