A story that hasn’t received much attention since the season began is the new contract that Saints need to get franchise quarterback Drew Brees. Figuring out how much Brees should get is a fairly easy exercise, as he figures to slot in between the $18 million a year that Tom Brady/Peyton Manning got and the $16 million that Michael Vick got this offseason.
Colston is on pace for his fifth 1,000-yard season, despite missing two games with a broken collarbone. He caught two touchdown passes last Sunday against the Tennessee Titans to bring his season total to five and his career total to 45.
It was Brees giving one of his pep talks to an 8-8 team that had given up 478 yards in total offense to the Panthers. At the moment, he’s the quarterback of a 10-3 team and has passed for 32 touchdowns, and he’s still giving pep talks. He’s not thinking about that Marino record near as much as he remembers what took place around Halloween in St. Louis, and what kind of challenge a 2-11 team such as the Vikings represents to a team dreaming of another championship run.
After making 29 starts and winning a Super Bowl with the Saints,Vikings defensive tackle Remi Ayodele walked away from New Orleans’ three-year contract offer to accept more money – three-years, $9 million – from Minnesota. The Saints (10-3) are still contending for Super Bowls while Ayodele (11 tackles, 1-1/2 sacks) has endured a difficult first season on a 2-11 team.
But this is a different league now. Today, the NFL’s cumulative completion rate hovers around 60%, as teams employ more high-percentage passes than a generation ago. Two years ago, Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints completed an all-time-high 70.62% of his passes; now Brees (70.9%) and the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers (69.6%) are flirting with surpassing that mark.