NEW ORLEANS, LA (WAFB) - It has been a long, long, long offseason and only fitting that the best news the New Orleans Saints have gotten this year comes on Friday the 13th. While a lucky day for the Saints, the 13th has become a nightmare for the NFC South and 31 other teams in the NFL. Here's "What They are Saying":
Once again, Drew Brees is clutch.
The Who Dat Nation can finally breathe. Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints agreed to a five-year contract worth $100 million on Friday.
Brees, per a source with knowledge of the deal, will receive a $37 million signing bonus and a $3 million base salary in 2012. The full signing bonus will be paid out within the next six months.
With everything that has happened to the New Orleans Saints this season, the one thing nobody could quite fathom was a future without the most important player in the history of a franchise that goes back to 1967.
Rest easy, New Orleans Saints fans: Drew Brees finally has a new contract. "Deal is Done! Love you, Who Dat Nation. See you soon!" Brees tweeted Friday afternoon.
Brees' contract is worth $40 million in the first year and includes $60 million in guaranteed money, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told Lombardi and NFL.com's Albert Breer.
"I love my organization, team, and the city of New Orleans. Thank you especially to (owners) Gayle and Tom Benson for the opportunity. Now I need to go earn it."
The move is a bright spot in what has been a tumultuous offseason for the franchise. With Brees now in the fold, what are your expectations for the Saints in 2012?
This is an unprecedented contract and one that has to have Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers smiling uncontrollably somewhere in Wisconsin.