Drew Brees Lands Record $100M for 5 Years
New Orleans Saints QB will get guaranteed $40 million in first year
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2012 4:17 PM CDT
Drew Brees after the New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl in 2010.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
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(Newser) – Drew Brees is the $100 million man. The quarterback for the New Orleans Saints forged the most lucrative deal in NFL history this morning—no player has ever averaged $20 million per year. His contract will pay him $100 million over five years, including a first-year fully guaranteed payout of $40 million, reports ESPN.

In six seasons with the Saints, Brees has set the all-time single-season passing record and led the team to its only Super Bowl victory. "I love my organization, team, and the city of New Orleans," Brees told ESPN. "Now I need to go earn it." For more on the contract, head over to Bleacher Report.