New Orleans Saints News: Drew Brees Signs Record $100 Million Deal

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Drew Brees broke the single-season record for most passing yards in a single season on Monday night. Dan Marino, the former record holder, congratulated the Saints QB via Twitter.
Drew Brees broke the single-season record for most passing yards in a single season on Monday night. Dan Marino, the former record holder, congratulated the Saints QB via Twitter.

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints have finally ended their protracted contract negotiations with an agreement on a five-year $100 million contract that will guarantee Brees $60 million.

He will get the bulk of that money up-front with a $40 million of the guaranteed money being paid this season. The $60 million in guaranteed money in this deal ties the record for the most ever.

Brees had been franchised by the Saints for this season after his six-year $60 million contract expired, a situation Brees was unhappy with.

Last season Brees was named the NFL's Offensive Player of the Year. He broke Dan Marino's 27-year-old record for passing yards in a season with 5,476, and also set NFL marks for completions (468), and completion percentage (71.2%).

Last season was not just a flash in the pan. Since he joined the Saints in 2006, Brees has thrown for more yards and touchdowns, and has a higher quarterback rating than any quarterback in the NFL.

The Saints will need Brees as a leader this season after the team had its coaching staff, and defensive captain taken away from it in the wake of the bounty scandal.

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