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Drew Brees agrees to five-year, $100 million deal with Saints

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As a tumultuous offseason heads toward training camp, the New Orleans Saints finally have some good news:  Drew Brees’s deal is done.

Brees, the franchise quarterback who was absent all offseason after he and the Saints couldn’t come to terms on a new contract, has agreed to sign a five-year, $100 million deal, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

Florio has confirmed the news.

The deal includes $40 million in the first year and a guaranteed $60 million in the first three years of the contract. That’s the biggest guarantee for any contract in NFL history. After protracted negotiations, Brees has done very well for himself.

Florio also has confirmed the numbers, adding that there are $22 million more in “rolling” guarantees as the contract unfolds.

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78 Responses to “Drew Brees agrees to five-year, $100 million deal with Saints”
  1. clavette says: Jul 13, 2012 1:48 PM

    cha ching

  2. jjrs89 says: Jul 13, 2012 1:48 PM

    No player is worth that

  3. kylexitron says: Jul 13, 2012 1:48 PM

    Finally.

    We can stop hearing about this.

  4. clbrett06 says: Jul 13, 2012 1:48 PM

    Drew still wants an explanation.

  5. dat504 says: Jul 13, 2012 1:48 PM

    We gonna deal with all you Saints haters.lol

  6. ricksaints says: Jul 13, 2012 1:49 PM

    How does this affect the salary cap? Congrats Drew!! Who Dat!!!

  7. Buttsnake says: Jul 13, 2012 1:49 PM

    Look out now NFC. The Saints are going to the Super Bowl even without Payton

  8. Broncofanatic7 says: Jul 13, 2012 1:49 PM

    I want an explanation…..

  9. dbones750 says: Jul 13, 2012 1:49 PM

    TGIF! I do not need an explanation.

  10. xxwhodatxx says: Jul 13, 2012 1:49 PM

    Was there ever any doubt?

  11. panamon says: Jul 13, 2012 1:49 PM

    “The deal includes $40 million in the first year”

    Damn!

  12. maxbelmont says: Jul 13, 2012 1:50 PM

    100 million….that’s alot of cartoffs.

  13. jimb031 says: Jul 13, 2012 1:50 PM

    WHO DAT!!!!!!

  14. ryan7977 says: Jul 13, 2012 1:50 PM

    wow! as far as contracts go, he’s worth it. good for you drew.

  15. bullwnkl985 says: Jul 13, 2012 1:50 PM

    On Friday the 13th, no less! Who says the Saints have bad luck this offseason!?!

  16. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 13, 2012 1:50 PM

    It’s about time they took care of him. It took long enough.

  17. jason49er says: Jul 13, 2012 1:50 PM

    Saints overpaid.

  18. ckelley03 says: Jul 13, 2012 1:50 PM

    Thank god. Now can we please get onto more important stories for a change. Like what Brett Favre has been up to lately.

  19. joetoronto says: Jul 13, 2012 1:50 PM

    Hallefrigginlujah!

  20. scubasteve4930 says: Jul 13, 2012 1:51 PM

    Even if he gave me .0001% of this contract, I could make it rain all over the DMV.

    Well done, Drew.

  21. links41 says: Jul 13, 2012 1:51 PM

    It’s about time they paid the man.

  22. clevelandfanforever says: Jul 13, 2012 1:51 PM

    Not bad for a ‘short old guy’…

  23. sj39 says: Jul 13, 2012 1:52 PM

    It will be interesting to see who gets cut and what future players won’t be signed to accomadate the cap number.

  24. explosionsauce says: Jul 13, 2012 1:52 PM

    It’s still been an annoying offseason from Drew.

  25. tv426 says: Jul 13, 2012 1:53 PM

    So what was all the fuss about?

  26. patsfiend says: Jul 13, 2012 1:53 PM

    Brees is the man, and the only guy who can “right the ship” of the Saints over the next couple months. They are going to win 10+ games and be in the playoffs again. Offense (in domes) unstoppable.

  27. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jul 13, 2012 1:53 PM

    Finally some good news for Saints fans.

  28. southcakpanther says: Jul 13, 2012 1:53 PM

    Drew Bree$

  29. vexey says: Jul 13, 2012 1:53 PM

    That is a lot of money

    Glad the lockout got player salaries under control!

  30. MGN says: Jul 13, 2012 1:53 PM

    WHEW!!!!!

  31. airjunior23 says: Jul 13, 2012 1:53 PM

    Deeezamn. I give Drew his props for standing up. The Saints were not hot without him. Bottom line people talk so much about how players should just play and not worry about the money, but that is BS. Owners make a killing on players backs, injuries, blood sweat etc. If an owner can make hundreds of millions is it fair to say that some players deserve a healthy chunk of that (which really only amounts to a very small percentage at the end of the day)? I say yes.

  32. treesloth16 says: Jul 13, 2012 1:54 PM

    Good for Brees. He has helped bring the Saints to the level of Championship football. He has brought in so much money for the Saints. He has brought so much positive energy and fans to the NFL. He deserves it.

    But…. I kinda miss those brown paper bags. When he’s gone, they’ll come back.

  33. mrplow3 says: Jul 13, 2012 1:54 PM

    Drew Brees does not deserve to be the highest paid player in the NFL let alone being paid more than the 2 QB’s that are better than him, Brady and Rodgers.

    Mrplow3 needs an explantion.

  34. datd00d says: Jul 13, 2012 1:56 PM

    C.R.E.A.M.

  35. ceejayb says: Jul 13, 2012 1:56 PM

    Holy friggin’ crap. That’s a lot of money

  36. thirstymofo says: Jul 13, 2012 1:56 PM

    Don’t think the price of nachos are going down anytime soon in N.O.

  37. bigzant82 says: Jul 13, 2012 1:57 PM

    HE’s PAYED NOW SO GET TO WORK SAINTS

  38. mediasloppy says: Jul 13, 2012 1:58 PM

    This is what I don’t understand. When you are paid that kind of money, how does it effect the salary cap on the team? It seems some teams spend millions more than others, yet they still have cap room?

  39. neemdaddy13 says: Jul 13, 2012 1:58 PM

    Now what will he whine about?? His true colors will be on display without Sean Payton.

  40. thraiderskin says: Jul 13, 2012 1:58 PM

    That is just insane… not that it matters, but my opinion has defintely changed about him.

  41. cruciankenny says: Jul 13, 2012 2:03 PM

    I wonder how San Diego feels every year around this time. They blew it with Ryan Leaf/Manning and chose not to gamble with Brees’ injury. Now the talk is of Rivers,’Peaking’. At least if he’s peaking, the downhill side won’t be far enough to hurt too bad.
    I’ve been a San Diego fan since Dan Fouts and ‘Air’ Coryell. I don’t know when the Quarterback Karma kicked in, but I wish them luck and I’m very happy for Drew Brees, as I saw the hit that should have ended his career and watched how he has improved every year since.
    Hero is a term used too loosely, but Brees’ comeback is heroic.

  42. vikings28 says: Jul 13, 2012 2:03 PM

    I don’t believe any player is worth that much!

  43. cwilliams135 says: Jul 13, 2012 2:03 PM

    Now they will have to let go half the roster next year. Good news for everyone in the NFC

  44. wickdawg7 says: Jul 13, 2012 2:04 PM

    Any contract with that much guaranteed up in the first 3 years means that Brees will be holding out again for a re-up after the 3rd season. I’ll put money on that. Any takers?

  45. florida727 says: Jul 13, 2012 2:04 PM

    Overpaid, but good for him and his family. If someone’s stupid enough to pay it, take it.

  46. geauxsaintsforever says: Jul 13, 2012 2:05 PM

    Time to go to work! Who Dat!!

  47. Buttsnake says: Jul 13, 2012 2:05 PM

    Time to start running up the score again. SUPERBOWL BOUND BABY

  48. canetic says: Jul 13, 2012 2:05 PM

    The IRS demands an explanation. And a big check.

  49. ilovefoolsball says: Jul 13, 2012 2:05 PM

    Halleuyer!!!!!

  50. canadianvikingfaniii says: Jul 13, 2012 2:06 PM

    Drew Brees needs no explanation. Straight cash homie.

  51. dkrause71 says: Jul 13, 2012 2:06 PM

    Congrats to Drew Brees, now if you bitch that the Saints cannot get you some help in the next five years remember this contract you fought so hard for.

  52. touchdowncolston says: Jul 13, 2012 2:06 PM

    Drew Brees does not deserve to be the highest paid player in the NFL let alone being paid more than the 2 QB’s that are better than him, Brady and Rodgers.

    Mrplow3 needs an explantion.
    —————————————————
    So the guy with 46tds, the guy who is #1 in every statistical category since 06 isn’t worth the money ok dude.

    That’s your explanation mrplow13

  53. cowboycjn says: Jul 13, 2012 2:07 PM

    jjrs89 says:
    Jul 13, 2012 1:48 PM
    No player is worth that
    – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    Another one thinking his opinion is worth anything.
    Regardless if hes worth it or not (your opinion) he’s got the contract to pay the man.

  54. bhester1906 says: Jul 13, 2012 2:08 PM

    These players are worth it….these crooked owners wipe their butts with that…

  55. skinsfan91 says: Jul 13, 2012 2:10 PM

    the contract also includes a small island chain.

  56. butthatmakestoomuchsense says: Jul 13, 2012 2:12 PM

    vexey says:

    That is a lot of money

    Glad the lockout got player salaries under control!

    Dude, get a clue.

    The players salaries are completely under control. Every year the owners get the first $2 Billion, then the players get 50%.

    Then there’s the franchise tag. If Brees had been free to sign with any team after his contract expired be would have gotten a lot more money in the open market.

    If that’s not the owners “having salaries under control” I don’t know what is.

  57. billythebuffalo says: Jul 13, 2012 2:13 PM

    The “WHO DAT” thing is really getting annoying now…

  58. Broncofanatic7 says: Jul 13, 2012 2:17 PM

    @CrucianKenny
    As much as I am not a Chargers fan at all, and actually hate them…
    They didn’t blow it with Leaf/Manning. They had the #2 pick and the Colts had the #1 pick… Leaf was the one left. Had a lot of hype, didn’t pan out.

  59. tsi431 says: Jul 13, 2012 2:17 PM

    So the guy with 46tds, the guy who is #1 in every statistical category since 06 isn’t worth the money ok dude.

    That’s your explanation mrplow13

    ———————————–
    Considering Rodgers had 45 tds in one less game and is making $8 million this season.

    Every category except for Passer rating, interception percentage, wins. You know the important stuff.

    No doubt they overpaid, but you have to pay to play.

  60. cliffordc05 says: Jul 13, 2012 2:23 PM

    I always felt that Brees had the leverage in this negotiation because of the circumstances surrounding the team this year. I would think that he is happy with this deal and I hope it works out for the Saints as well as it has for Brees.

  61. pistolpete0903 says: Jul 13, 2012 2:24 PM

    Gulp!!! Thats a lot of green.
    The question is did they overpay him? Brees is a darn good player and deserves to be paid handsomely, but $20mil/yr sounds too much.

    One thing for sure; the other QB’s up for contract extension/negotiations are damn happy.

    The thing that bothers me is the rules would be much more QB friendly (after all the NFL wants to protect their prime asset – the QB). Look for a much more pansier NFL. Sad but possibly true.

  62. bleedgreen11 says: Jul 13, 2012 2:24 PM

    good news for the rest of the NFC. Brees singlehandedly took the Saints out of contention for the next 5 years. It’s not like they are the Miami Heat where players will take 20 million dollar paycuts to come play for them.

  63. sailbum7 says: Jul 13, 2012 2:52 PM

    No player is worth that much, let alone that much in guarantee money. He could get hurt on the first play of the season and still keep all that money. Then the Saints would have no cap left to get even a decent journeyman QB to replace him.

  64. touchdowncolston says: Jul 13, 2012 3:17 PM

    ———————————–
    Considering Rodgers had 45 tds in one less game and is making $8 million this season.

    Every category except for Passer rating, interception percentage, wins. You know the important stuff.

    No doubt they overpaid, but you have to pay to play.
    ——————————————————–
    First off wins are a team thing and he never had a decent team untill 09.

    Considering he was the only qb to ever throw for 5,000 yards or even 4,500 without a single thousand yard receiver or rusher and without Reggie bush and his top receiver Marques colston he definitely proves he is worth the money. He is only the most disrespected “Elite” quarterback ever it’s bout time he gets to be #1 in something.

    And Rodgers backup tossed 6 and has 9 in 2 starts so that can be used against him also. In 2 games where brees didn’t start his backups have 1 TD, 2 ints and 310 yards. Nobody runs that team like him he’s worth every penny.

  65. nolarules says: Jul 13, 2012 3:24 PM

    Cap numbers
    2012 $10.4 million
    2013 $17.4 million
    2014 $18.4 million
    2015 $26.4 million
    2016 $27.4 million.

    So haters, please hate on about how the Saints will have to drop every big player this year or next to pay for Brees….Not going to happen. Mickey knows what he is doing. There is a reason Benson will never fire him.

  66. eaglebranded says: Jul 13, 2012 3:41 PM

    Touchdowncolston says: That Brees is the leader in every passing category since 06 and he deserves to be the highest paid player in the league. So you are saying Drew Brees is the best player in the league. He is not even the best QB in the league .

  67. granadafan says: Jul 13, 2012 3:46 PM

    If Darrelle Revis had this contract he’d be holding out after the 1st year, saying that he’s getting a pay cut after $40 in one year.

  68. geauxmez says: Jul 13, 2012 3:50 PM

    WHO DAT BABY!

  69. psdaleno says: Jul 13, 2012 4:04 PM

    Saints gave you a contract when times were tough for you. Contract paid of great for both you and organization. When time comes to resign, you pretty much tell saints “I know you wanna pay me a $1.00 a game but im sure some teams will pay me $1.25 a game”. Way to show your appreciation jerk.

  70. nawlinssaints1956 says: Jul 13, 2012 4:13 PM

    The road to Nawlins next February now goes through Nawlins. Pile on Saints haters; all your doom and gloom about the Black and Gold without Drew is all for naught…

  71. ripster65 says: Jul 13, 2012 6:07 PM

    I’ll die laughing if the he and the Saints don’t host the Super Bowl.

  72. mediasloppy says: Jul 13, 2012 6:44 PM

    nolarules says:
    Jul 13, 2012 3:24 PM

    Cap numbers
    2012 $10.4 million
    2013 $17.4 million
    2014 $18.4 million
    2015 $26.4 million
    2016 $27.4 million.

    So haters, please hate on about how the Saints will have to drop every big player this year or next to pay for Brees….Not going to happen. Mickey knows what he is doing. There is a reason Benson will never fire him.
    —————————-
    Thanks for explaining the cap numbers. I hope the owner has a big wallet with guaranteed money of $40 million this year and $20 million the next 3 years, because there will plenty of other players wanting guaranteed money too.

    It still makes little sense to me how $40 million in guaranteed money only cost $10.4 million towards the cap.

  73. dvdman123 says: Jul 13, 2012 8:40 PM

    Uh oh to those in the NFC South hoping Brees wouldn’t be sign.

  74. biiigtmac says: Jul 13, 2012 8:57 PM

    Wow sitting out really paid off I see

  75. jimthebuilder27 says: Jul 13, 2012 9:23 PM

    So glad the Packers don’t have this selfish player.

  76. paulieorkid says: Jul 13, 2012 10:16 PM

    Good for Brees – dude has been kickin’ ass for years and deserves every penny.

    Dolphin Nation must be tortured. They rejected Brees for Culpepper and have had struggles at QB ever since Marino lost his worth. Now they draft Tannehill with the 1.08. Oooooh, not sure that will serve them too well.

    In any case, Brees has been classy and produces at a very elite level. He definitely deserves a contract commensurate with his worth to the team and the region.

  77. discosucs2005 says: Jul 16, 2012 1:54 AM

    The $40 million in year one is pretty much a “yeah, sorry we screwed up this season” number.

  78. foreverlsu says: Jul 16, 2012 2:12 PM

    Funny to read packer fans comments about Brees being selfish. Let’s see how selfish Aaron Rogers is when his pay day comes.

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