COPY-Report: Saints restructure Drew Brees' contract

The New Orleans Saints have restructured Drew Brees' contract, according to reports.

The Saints turned $5.2 million of Brees' base salary into a signing bonus, according to ESPN NFL reporter Field Yates.

This creates a $2.6 million cap space, pushing his 2016 cap value to $30 million.

Brees' base salary was previously $12.435 million. By converting part of his salary into a signing bonus, the Saints can prorate it over the extent of Brees' contract - which runs through 2016.

"It's not to fit a specific player. When you have some injuries, you have some (injured reserves), you know it's creating some wiggle room. Obviously, if a player comes up, you have that space," Sean Payton said.

Brees missed the first game of his career Sunday at Carolina due to an injury. He tested his shoulder Tuesday and is optimistic about returning this Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys at the Superdome.

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