Drew Brees was optimistic all along a deal would be done for him.
He knew what he was talking about.
This afternoon, a little less than 72 hours before the deadline for the franchise-tagged quarterback of the New Orleans Saints to get a multi-year contract done, he was paid.
Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that Brees and the Saints have reached agreement on a $100 million, five-year contract. Per Mortensen, the deal includes $60 million guaranteed in the first three years and a whopping $40 million in the first year of the contract.
The Saints, who have had a hellish offseason, placed the tag on Brees and there was beginning to be some doubt whether or not a deal would be brokered. With a long-term deal in place, there were questions whether or not he would show up for training camp.
At least this story ended positively for the Saints, who are surely looking forward to getting on the field and putting much of the nightmarish offseason behind them.
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