Thank Breesus, Drew Brees signs contract – Drew Brees solidified his position as the new patron saint of New Orleans when he inked a long-term contract that will likely have the quarterback end his NFL career with the New Orleans Saints.
Coming off a major surgery, Brees came to New Orleans looking for redemption, and in the end became a deified figure around town after he guided the Saints to their first ever Super Bowl win. In the process as well, Brees became a New Orleanian. It, a long-term contract, was not without anxiety, however, for fans. The negotiations seemed to drag on with posturing on both ends at times at the same time the bounty punishments were handed down.
Brees flatly said he wouldn’t play under the one-year franchise tag. It wasn’t the money that concerned Brees; it was the one-year deal that worried the all-world quarterback. Brees’ last attempt to play under a one-year franchise tag in San Diego ended with him suffering an injury to his throwing shoulder which threatened his career. He also wanted to be compensated as one of the league’s best players. All while Saints fans screamed, “Just give the man his money.”
Deal is Done!Love you, Who Dat Nation. See you soon!— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) July 13, 2012
On July 13, three days before the deadline to franchise Brees, came the news Saints fans had longed to hear. “Deal is Done! Love you, Who Dat Nation. See you soon!” Brees tweeted. Five years for $100 million with $60 million guaranteed, and $40 million in the first season. As of the 2012-2013 season, the $20 million average pay per year is the highest in NFL history.
This was a deal that meant the world to Saints fans; it further legitimized the team, much the way the Super Bowl win had done several years earlier. The Saints were able to keep one of their own, one of the most coveted players in the NFL.