Breaking NFL News: Drew Brees, Saints Agree To $100 Million Deal
The biggest offseason contract dispute has finally come to a dynamic end.
The New Orleans Saints and their superstar quarterback Drew Brees–who broke Dan Marino’s passing yards in a season record last year–have finally come to an agreement on a deal after weeks of contractual disputes.
Michael Lombardi of NFL.com reports that the two parties inked a five-year, $100 million contract on Friday. Lombardi also reports that Brees will receive $40 million in the first year of the deal, and that a total of $60 million is guaranteed in the contract.
Originally given the franchise tag by the Saints, Brees repeatedly stated he wanted a long-term deal and would refuse to sign the franchise tender, threatening to holdout if need be. After the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning agreed to a five-year, $96 million earlier this offseason, Brees felt that he deserved at least that much if not more, given that he broke Marino’s record and hadn’t missed an entire season like Manning did.
After all the controversy and chaos that has been reported out of New Orleans this offseason due to the bounty scandal, at least one constant will remain on the Saints in 2012 with Brees as their quarterback, captain and emotional leader.