Few players in the era of NFL free agency can rival the impact that Drew Brees has made on the New Orleans Saints since arriving in 2006 from the San Diego Chargers. The franchise quarterback is entering his 13th season in the NFL and eighth with the Saints.
Brees is coming off another season of tremendous numbers after completing 422-of-670 passes (63.0 percent) for 5,177 yards with 43 touchdowns and 19 interceptions for a 96.3 rating.
He led the NFL in passing yardage, touchdown passes and completions of 25 yards or more (47) in 2012. The 43 passing touchdowns was the second-highest total (46 in 2011) of his career, making him and Dan Marino the only two players in NFL history with at least two seasons with 40 or more touchdowns.
His yardage total in 2012 (5,117) was the third-highest single-season figure in NFL records. The seven-time Pro Bowler extended his own NFL-record streak of games with a touchdown pass to 54.
Overall in his 12-year NFL career, he's completed 4,035-of-6,149 passes (65.6 percent) for 45,919 yards, 324 touchdown throws and a 94.3 passer rating. He's the league's third-most accurate passer all-time, ranks fifth in completions, sixth in touchdowns, owns the seventh-best passer rating and ranks eighth in yardage.
Drew Brees on NFL Network (June 28, 2013):
"Obviously, last year leaves a bad taste in our mouth and we can't wait to get back on the field and get to work; watch our team come together, kind of recreate our identity and watch this thing unfold."