Quarterback Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints Agree To Record Five-Year, $100 Million Contract Extension!
Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints finally agreed on a new contract extension that is a five-year, $100 million deal, that includes an NFL-record $60 million guaranteed. The deal that was announced by Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis, is one that’s not only good for Brees but the Saints as well. As they needed some positive news after all they have been through this offseason with the bounty case.
“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,” Saints Owner Tom Benson said in a statement released by the team. “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.”
As Loomis also said with, “What Drew has accomplished in his time with the Saints, he deserves to be the highest paid player in the league,” and I definitely agree. His record setting season last year that was one of the most prolific in NFL history for a quarterback, where he set NFL single-season records for completions with 468, yards passing with 5,476 yards and completion percentage with a 71.2, not only proved it, but what he has done since joining the team as an unrestricted free agent in 2006 also does.
There has been no other player that has truly made the impact in the era of NFL free agency like Brees has since he arrived than. As he has led the NFL in virtually every passing category, three of them being NFL marks, completing 2,488-of-3,670 passes for a 67.8 completion percentage in that time to go along with 28,394 passing yards, 201 touchdown passes and a 98.5 passer rating. Brees has also made the Pro Bowl in all but one of those years, been named the Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year twice and never missed any games due to injury.
Brees also has the fourth-most win by any NFL quarterback since that time with a 62-33 regular season record in games he has started. Not to mention five of the teams six playoff victories in it’s history, including Super Bowl XLIV, where he was voted the game’s Most Valuable Player have been with him under the helm.
This is definitely a well deserved contract as you can see for such a great and tremendous player, that is not only among the top at his position, but in the league period right now.
Some info from The Associated Press was used in this article.