New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees sign five-year contract

by Elizabeth Glauser on July 13, 2012

Rejoice Who Dat Nation, for quarterback Drew Brees will be back to lead the team after signing a five-year contract. The $100 million agreement not only brings Brees back for five more seasons, but it also makes him the highest-paid player in NFL history. After months of negotiations, today the final agreement was made official, with a press conference expected by the end of the week.

“I appreciate the diligence and steadfast efforts by both sides to get this deal done,” Brees told ESPN’s Ed Werder. “I love my organization, team, and the city of New Orleans. Thank you especially to Gayle and Tom Benson for the opportunity. Now I need to go earn it.”

The beloved ballplayer’s six seasons with the team included NFC and Superbowl Championships, and earned Brees a record breaking statistic for passing yards in a single season.  This year Brees has new challenges to face with the suspension of head coach Sean Peyton along with a few teammates after the discovery of the infamous bounty program. Catch Brees and the rest of the Saints for their highly anticipated 2012 season for a preseason match up against the Cardinals August 5th.