Brees ‘would love a long-term deal to get done,’ but Saints QB won't talk contract during season _lowres

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9)shakes hands with New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Here are the details on Drew Brees' contract with the Saints. The deal also includes a third year that automatically voids on the last day of the 2019 league year, which will help with the salary cap.

The interesting thing about this deal is the roster bonuses instead of signing bonuses. By doing so, it allows the Saints to manage how the money is spread. The team guaranteed $13.5 million of Brees' roster bonus in 2018, which allows the team to prorate it over three seasons.  

It also appears the team is leaving the $18 million remaining on Brees' last contract in place as $6 million hits in each of the next three seasons. That means Brees' cap charge in 2018 will be $24 million and $33.5 million in 2019.

The other thing to note is that the guarantees are all in the first year. However, he has a roster bonus of $11.95 million in the second year of the deal which could be turned into a signing bonus, which would lower his cap number down to about $27.5.

Currently, if Brees plays both years of this deal, it looks like New Orleans will carry $10.5 million in dead money when it expires.

2018

Base salary: $10.2 million (fully guaranteed)

Roster bonus: $16.8 million ($13.5 guaranteed now; $3.3 million on third day of the league year for skill and injury)

Roster bonus proration: $4.5 million

Old signing bonus proration: $6 million

Cap charge: $24 million

2019

Base salary: $11.05 million

Roster bonus: $11.95 million (paid on third day of the league year)

Roster bonus proration: $4.5 million

Old signing bonus proration: $6 million

Cap charge: $33.5 million

2020

Roster bonus proration: $4.5 million

Old signing bonus proration: $6 million

Dead money: $10.5 million

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