Drew Brees confident team is set up to "make a run at the ultimate goal"

(WVUE) - Two months to the day after the Saints' season ended in Minneapolis, Drew Brees spoke about his hopes that the 2-year contract he agreed to Tuesday would allow the team to set themselves up for an even deeper playoff run

"You want to be able to look at the big picture and how it affects the rest of the team and how you continue to build the team so that you can make a run at the ultimate goal."

Brees told reporters by phone Wednesday morning that he has always tried to take a "very logical and reasonable approach to every contract" but that this time was different. The deal is reportedly worth $50 million, meaning an average of $25 million per year, which ranks 4th among quarterbacks in the NFL, including Kirk Cousins' reported 3-year, $84 million contract with the Vikings.

The reason to not pursue any more money is simple.

"I'm very excited about the opportunity again and the future, the near future of our team. This was just, I have made it known from the very beginning that I wasn't going anywhere else and it was just a matter of us coming together and getting a deal done that would continue things on and that's what we were able to do."

Free agency officially starts Wednesday at 3 p.m. when teams can begin signing new players.

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