(Sports Network) - The New Orleans Saints and quarterback Drew Brees have
agreed to a new contract.
According to ESPN, the deal is for five years and worth $100 million with
an NFL-record $60 million in guaranteed money, including $40 million in the
first year of the contract.
Brees confirmed the deal on his Twitter account, stating, "Deal is Done! Love
you, Who Dat Nation. See you soon!"
Brees, who was designated as the team's franchise player this offseason but
refused to sign the tender, had not attended any of the Saints' offseason
activities while looking for a long-term deal.
The 11-year veteran was coming off a record-setting season in which he
established new NFL marks for passing yards (5,476), completions (468) and
completion percentage (71.2).
He was also named to the NFC Pro Bowl team and led the NFL with 46 touchdown
passes and an average of 342 passing yards per game. His 110.6 passer rating
ranked second in the NFL.
Brees, who led the Saints to the Super Bowl title after the 2009 season, has
thrown for 40,742 yards and 281 touchdowns over 154 career games with the San
Diego Chargers and Saints.
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