WWL-TV in New Orleans is reporting that Saints quarterback Drew Brees is closing in on a deal that would pay him $20 million annually and could be finished by Friday or Monday.
The Advocate and most major news outlets have yet to confirm the story.
WWL sideline reporter Kristin Garic said the deal is “probably a 5-year-contract that could average right around $20 million over the first two years.”
ESPN also is reporting that an appeal hearing into the Saints bounty gate scandal will be held on June 18.
The four players making the appeal are Jonathan Vilma (suspended the entire season), defensive end Will Smith (suspended four games), former Saints defensive end Anthony Hargrove (suspended eight games) and former Saints linebacker Scott Fujita (suspended three games).
The June 18 date is pending a ruling from arbitrator Shyam Das on the grievance players have filed that claims Goodell cannot discipline players based on the lockout agreement.