The Drew Brees contract saga is finally over as the quarterback has agreed to a five year deal to stay long term with the New Orleans Saints. There were whispers that the deal would not get done, but the two sides managed to hammer out the deal that is worth 100 million dollars over the life of the contract.
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) July 13, 2012
This deal is probably a bit too expensive but Brees means a lot to the team and the city. He helped take them back to the Super Bowl after it looked like the team might have to leave the city after Hurricane Katrina. You really can not put a price on helping build the franchise to what it once was. It may cost a little bit extra, but Brees is still a very good quarterback and he will be for years to come.
This deal will get dissected but I think this move was smart to keep him off of the open market. There was always the chance that Brees could decide to the leave the team and then they would be in real trouble. He is by far one of the best QBs in the league and there is no way that you can justify letting him get away. Sometimes you have to overpay in situations like this but it tends to work itself out in the end.
Drew Brees can now concentrate on helping the Saints overcome a soon to be trying season. Bountygate still looms large but the team has their QB ready to go.