Although many more new deals have been announced as being as good as final, here are the top 5 whose contracts are already signed, sealed, and delivered.
The New Orleans Quarterback is headed back to the Saints for another 2-year contract worth roughly $50 million.
But not too long ago, Brees reportedly told his team and friends that he was ready to retire after the 2019 season. However, as the season came to a close, he had a change of heart. And Brees’ return to the Saints was pretty much set as soon as he made it known that he wanted to keep playing.
Brees holds the record for most career passing yards, most career touchdown passes, passing completion, highest completion percentage and a slew of other NFL records. Rapoport insists that Brees could have earned more on the open market from another team, which just shows his dedication to his team – which is no doubt appreciated now more than ever, following his help winning the Saints their third-straight NFC South title.
Wide Receiver Amari Cooper is headed back to the Dallas Cowboys with a five-year, $100 million deal tucked under his belt.
Cooper finished the 2019 season ranked No. 3 in the NFL. According to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News, the wideout turned down much higher offers from his NFC East rival, the Washington Redskins. But he told reporters all the way back in December that he planned to re-sign with Dallas.
“If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Of course. Like I just said, I love it here. I want to be here. I just love this situation, my teammates. I just feel it’s the place for me,” he commented.
The San Francisco 49ers and Armstead reached an agreement on a new five-year contract, the team said Monday. Armstead can earn up to $85 million
“We are very pleased to have come together with Arik and his representatives to complete this contract extension prior to free agency,” the general manager of the 49ers, John Lynch, said in a statement. “Arik’s physical tools and versatility have allowed him to be highly productive in our style of defense, and we look forward to watching him take his game to an even higher level as he grows within our scheme. Arik has been an impact player on the field and a difference-maker in our community, and we are excited for what the future holds for him.”
This move will keep the 49ers’ defensive front together, which is promising after it helped lead the team to a Super Bowl appearance together last season.
After Tannehill was named NFL comeback player of the year for the 2019 season, it’s no surprise that the Titans have decided to resign him onto a four-year, $118 million contract extension.
Anthony Castonzo has been the longtime left tackle for the Indianapolis Colts, and they’ll be keeping him on to get the job done for at least another 2 years with a $33 million contract.
At almost 32 years old, Castonzo was already contemplating retirement following the 2019 season – but informed Colts general manager Chris Ballard last month that he wanted to continue on for his 10th NFL season. And apparently, an 11th, too!
It’s good news for the Colts, as well – they won’t need to pursue a new starter this offseason, and will even get to keep the same offensive line that started all 16 games last season.
With plenty more free agents left to sign, stay tuned for what’s coming next.