Free agency heats up with Brees staying with Saints, Watkins to Chiefs

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Kirk Cousins isn't the only big-dollar quarterback the Vikings are going after.

Brees, 39, reportedly had drawn some interest from the Vikings - who have kicked the tires on seemingly every available quarterback this offseason - but expectations all along were that the QB would remain in New Orleans. But a deal had been expected in February and the two sides were unable to quickly complete a contract after Tom Condon, Brees' agent, met with the Saints at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Perhaps a little too close for the comfort of New Orleans Saints fans, but their franchise quarterback is back in the fold.

His short-term contract extension is his second with New Orleans after he signed a one-year, $24.25 million extension before the start of the 2016 season.

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A future Hall of Famer, Brees sits 1,496 yards away from Peyton Manning's career record of 71,940 passing yards and 52 touchdown passes away from Manning's National Football League record of 539. But the objective for me was - I've made it known from Day 1 that I want to be in New Orleans (and) stay in New Orleans; I love our team.

The 11-time Pro Bowler threw for 4,334 yards in 2017, which was the least since he joined the Saints in 2006. He joined Brett Favre and Petyon Manning in that exclusive club. The team's resurgent defense should make the NFC South champs a Super Bowl contender in 2018.

"Certainly, the relationship with this city will always play a strong role in me wanting to be here and ... wanting to finish my career here", Brees said.

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