Brees signs new deal

METAIRIE, La. – Saints quarterback Drew Brees decided against holding out for the lengthy contract extension he coveted and took one for the team.

Brees agreed to new contract that keeps him in New Orleans through the 2017 season, and a person familiar with the deal says it guarantees the record-setting QB $44.3 million the next two years.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Wednesday because financial details of the extension had not been announced.

The deal also provides the Saints with nearly $13 million in additional spending flexibility under the 2016 salary cap as the team continues to shuffle the roster.

Goodell speaks on Kap

NEW YORK – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell disagrees with Colin Kaepernick’s choice to kneel during the national anthem, but recognizes the quarterback’s right to protest.

Asked by The Associated Press about Kaepernick’s decision not to stand before games when the national anthem is played, Goodell said in an email Wednesday: “I don’t necessarily agree with what he is doing.”

“I support our players when they want to see change in society, and we don’t live in a perfect society,” Goodell added. “On the other hand, we believe very strongly in patriotism in the NFL. I personally believe very strongly in that.”

Eagles trade CB

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Philadelphia Eagles have traded cornerback and former second-round pick Eric Rowe to the New England Patriots in exchange for a conditional draft pick.

The move was announced Wednesday. The Patriots also announced they have released guard Josh Kline.

Bosa misses practice

SAN DIEGO – Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa didn’t participate in practice Wednesday because of what appears to be an injury to his left leg.

San Diego faces the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday and all indications are that Bosa, the No. 3 overall pick in this year’s draft, won’t play.

Bears extend Long

LAKE FOREST, Ill. – The Chicago Bears took a gamble when they drafted Kyle Long.

It has paid off in a big way, and they rewarded him with a four-year contract extension.

The Bears locked up their star right guard and three-time Pro Bowl lineman through the 2021 season on Wednesday.