If you see it on Twitter, it's official:
It’s Official: The Saints & @DrewBrees Agree to Terms on a 5-Year Deal!— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) July 13, 2012
Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints finally agreed to a new contract, just days before Monday's deadline. The Saints will pay Brees a reported $100 million over five years with a guarantee of $40 million in the first year alone. Huge numbers like that mean huge pressure for Brees, who told ESPN he appreciates all the effort to complete the contract.
"I appreciate the diligence and steadfast efforts by both sides to get this deal done," Brees told ESPNs Ed Werder. "I love my organization, team, and the city of New Orleans. Thank you especially to (owners) Gayle and Tom Benson for the opportunity. Now I need to go earn it."
Brees just needs to keep playing like he is in order to earn that much money. He's established himself as one of the three best quarterbacks in the game and comes off a season in which he broke Dan Marino's single-season passing yards record. He did all that on a pedestrian (by NFL standards) contract that paid him only $10 million per season.
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