Could this be the week New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees inks a new contract with the team and helps bring to a close an excruciating off season for Who Dat Nation? Speculation is rampant that the record-setting QB will accept an offer made Thursday by the club.

Brees reportedly is back at his summer home in San Diego mulling the deal, which is expected to make him the highest paid quarterback in the National Football League. If the rumors prove true, Brees is staring at a contract that would likely pay him more than $19 million per season; Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning signed a one-year deal during the off season that will earn him $19.2 million. Although neither side is offering details on the ongoing negotiations, sources have also said the deal has been hung up on how much of the contract will be guaranteed money and how soon Brees will earn it.

Brees is 33 years old — that’s moving into long-in-the-tooth range for an NFL QB — but in the six seasons he has been with the Saints he has set numerous individual records over the span including yards passing (28,394), completions (2,488), touchdowns (201) and completion percentage (67.8). Notably, he eclipsed Dan Marino’s single-season passing record last year, throwing for 5,476 yards.

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