New Orleans Saints Give Drew Brees Contract Extension

Super Bowl XLIVQuarterback Drew Brees reached a long-awaited contract extension with the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday, just four days before a Week 1 kickoff against the Oakland Raiders and a self-imposed deadline.

Functionally, it’s a one-year, $24.25 million extension for Brees. Brees was due $20 million in 2016 on the last year of his old deal, so he’ll now make $44.25 million over two seasons, all fully guaranteed.

Technically, it’s a new five-year deal, but it automatically voids after the 2017 season. A full breakdown wasn’t immediately available, but that structure likely means Brees received a large signing bonus, which can be spread out for cap purposes over a longer span and lower his monster $30 million cap number this season.

Schein: NFL Playoff Predictions

CBS Sports NFL expert Adam Schein predicts which teams will make the AFC and NFC playoffs. Surely he is joking about the NFC wildcards!

Andrew Luck Limited In Practice Wednesday

Andrew LuckIt is not a good sign when your franchise quarterback is nursing a bad shoulder heading into week one. Especially when he missed a good portion of last season with injuries. That is the case with the Indianapolis Colts as quarterback Andrew Luck was limited in practice on Wednesday with a right shoulder injury.

Luck has practiced and played without any limitation this offseason and in training camp, so his inclusion on the injury report is a surprise in itself. Because we didn’t know about the injury, we also don’t know any details of the extent of it. So at this point, it’s best to just assume it’s nothing serious, but considering he also dealt with a shoulder issue last year, this is absolutely a story worth monitoring.

So How Well Will Your Team Do This Year?

SB51The NFL season finally return’s this week and USA TODAY Sports have updated their projections for how each team will so this season, plus what two teams will meet in the Super Bowl. Do you agree or disagree with their rankings?

NFC EAST
New York Giants (8-8): What ought to be an explosive offense has been anything but this summer. Expect Eli Manning, Odell Beckham and Co. to turn things around and get just enough support from a defense that received a $200 million infusion of talent in free agency and should now protect the leads that were squandered in 2015.

Dallas Cowboys Will Not Put Romo On IR

Tony-RomoSurprising news from the Dallas Cowboys, as owner Jerry Jones announced Tuesday, that the team won’t be putting quarterback Tony Romo on injured reserve even though the broken bone in his back will keep him out of action for an extended period of time.

Romo will stay on the team’s active roster, getting deactivated before each week’s game until he is healthy enough to play.

Romo suffered a compression fracture of his L1 vertebra during a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks on Aug. 23. If the Cowboys had put him on IR, Romo would have been forced to miss the first half of the season.

Surprise As Seahawks Top Preseason Power Poll

Brady-LombardiMore than a few surprises in the NFL Preseason Power Poll over on NFL.com. Not sure about that top five title contenders.

Title Contenders

1. Seattle Seahawks
2. New England Patriots
3. Arizona Cardinals
4. Carolina Panthers
5. Green Bay Packers

The Seahawks and Patriots have inarguably been the best two teams of the decade and our group didn’t see that changing this year. The Patriots have earned a playoff bye for a record six straight years. Seattle has somehow ranked in Football Outsiders’ team DVOA rankings four straight regular seasons.

AFC playoff picture

Tony Luftman predicts which teams from the AFC will make the playoffs.

NFC West Outlook

Who is the most exciting player in the NFC West? The CBS “TOPS” analysts answer various questions surrounding the NFC West.

NFC East Predictions

CBS “TOPS” analysts give their predictions for the NFC East.

NFC South breakdown

CBS “TOPS” analysts breakdown the Saints, Falcons, and Buccaneers.