July 13th, 2012
The New Orleans Saints took far too long to sign Drew Brees to a contact extension, but the two sides have reportedly struck a deal.
According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Brees and the Saints have agreed to a 5-year deal worth $100 million ($60 million guaranteed).
Brees is the unquestioned leader in New Orleans, but a standoff between the star quarterback and the Saints front office could ultimately be a huge problem for this team.
The Saints will play this entire season without head coach Sean Payton after he was suspended by the league for his role in the bounty scandal. Assistant coach Joe Vitt, who will act in place of Payton, is suspended for the first six games of the season.