Finally, it’s over.
All the posturing, all the analyzing, all the everything.
Drew Brees will be forever in New Orleans, supporting the economy with his reported $100 million, including $60 million in guarantees.
And he earned every penny of it.
Brees, along with Sean Payton, turned the Saints from lovable losers to Super Bowl winners and he did it for while outplaying his contract by miles.
Two NFC championship games, one NFC title and a league championship.
Franchise and NFL records.
New football fields and Jimmy Johns.
Charity work and leadership.
The only shocking aspect of today’s announcement is that it came three days before Monday’s 3 p.m. deadline.
Maybe the two sides weren’t all that far apart after all.
This might have been the toughest offseason for Brees ever, including his rehab from potentially career-ending shoulder in 2006.
At least then he was working towards something.
He spent organize team activities and minicamp away from his friends. He wasn’t working to get better with his teammates, only with himself.
Now, 11 days before the Saints report for training camp, there will be no questions as to whether Brees will be there or not.
Should it have taken this long? Absolutely not.
But don’t expect there to be any lingering issues.
Now that he’s one of the richest men in football, he can move on to something bigger – making the Saints the first host team ever to play in the Super Bowl in its home stadium.