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.

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

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

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

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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?

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.
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    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

  14. jjrs89 says:
    Jul 13, 2012 1:48 PM
    No player is worth that
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    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.

  15. 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.

  16. @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.

  17. 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

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    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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. ———————————–
    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.
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    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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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 .

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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…

  28. 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.
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    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.

  29. 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.

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

  31. 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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