However, Brees did experience something new this offseason: hearing what other teams were offering.
And while he understands deals like this could reflect poorly on his agent, Brees wants to assure everyone this isn't the case.
"I love my team and am excited about the opportunity we will have together".
The deal includes $27 million in guaranteed money and could pay out as much as $50 million through the 2019 season. Now the 39-year-old seven-time passing champ is one step closer to finishing his career with a Saints club that might be equipped to send the future Hall of Famer off by riding into the sunset.
For example, quarterbacks Kirk Cousins, Jimmy Garoppolo and Matthew Stafford each reportedly got deals with at least $84 million in guarantees over the past year. At $25 million per year, Brees now ranks fourth among quarterbacks in terms of average annual value.
"It wasn't like I was going anywhere", he said. According to Mike Triplett of ESPN, shortly after Brees inked his new contract he made it clear that he would back the move to bring back Graham. "It was just a matter of kind of getting a deal done before the free agency deadline".
Offense has never been the problem since Brees and head coach Sean Payton came to New Orleans more than a decade ago.
It should be easier to break down the contract once more details emerge.
New Orleans also had to reach a deal with Brees before the start of the new league year at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
"I think that provides, certainly, the team with the most flexibility when it comes to being able to anticipate the future and the ability to acquire free agents and re-sign players on our existing roster that will build a championship team", Brees said.