After months of going back and forward in an attempt to settle a deal, the New Orleans Saints and quarterback Drew Brees finally agreed to a 5-year, $100 million deal Friday afternoon.According to the team’s press release, the full disclosure of Brees’ well-deserved contract has not been publically disclosed. However, Saints’ owner/chairman of the board Tom Benson released a statement as he is elated that his quarterback is signed and is ready to host his team in the Super Bowl in New Orleans in February:
“Congratulations are in order for our organization, our city, Drew and Brittany and certainly for Mickey Loomis and his staff for all of the hard work put in to make this possible. Now we must turn our focus to getting ready for the start of training camp and to keeping with our goal of being the first team in NFL history to host and play in a Super Bowl.”
Brees missed all the Saints’ offseason workouts, due to his holdout for a long-term deal. Brees was tagged with the organization’s exclusive franchise label, preventing him from negotiating with another team.
If an agreement was not settled between the Saints and Brees, Brees would had to settle for the team’s one-year tender, if he wanted to play in the 2012 season. The tender for signal callers is $16.3 million, averaging out the top five highest-paid NFL quarterbacks.
Clearly, an agreement is settled, and Brees (33) expressed his excitement on Twitter, “Deal is Done! Love you, Who Dat Nation. See you soon!”