For the first time in a long while, fans of the New Orleans Saints have something to be happy about. Drew Brees, who was somehow not yet under contract after having been issued the franchise tag, agreed to what's been reported as a five-year, $100 million deal. He'll get $40 million in the first year, according to the reports, and $60 million in the first three years. The two sides were reportedly as much as $10 million apart in guaranteed money as recently as this week.
Saints fans are celebrating the news over at SB Nation's Saints blog, Canal Street Chronicles, and reactions range from "wahoooo!!!!" to "Let's get drunk!"
They should be rejoicing because, with a quarterback performing at the level Brees is, you're always going to be considered a Super Bowl contender. He's far and away the most important component of the team and the Saints have now locked him up for five more years.
This has been a miserable offseason for the Saints up to this point. After losing in the playoffs last season, the Saints have seen themselves embroiled in the bounty scandal that left the organization embarrassed and four current and former Saints suspended. On top of that, their general manager was accused of wiretapping the stadium, a story that now seems to have floated away.
Brees' deal won't make the stench of the bounty scandal and resulting suspensions go away, but it sure helps.
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