The New Orleans Saints and quarterback Drew Brees ended their game salary chicken today, just two days before the deadline for the two sides to agree to a long term deal. If Brees and the Saints had not come to an agreement, Brees would have had a choice of either playing the 2012 season under his franchise tag, or sitting out the entire season. But, that's in the past now, as Brees and the Saints reach a five year, $100 million deal.
Of course, like all NFL contracts, that number is just the total amount, and Brees won't see nearly that much. Well, not exactly in this case. Brees will make a guaranteed $40 million this season, with an NFL record $60 million guaranteed over the first three years of the five year deal. The deal makes Brees the highest paid player, by average per year salary, in the league, and clearly sets a new standard with a $40 million single season salary.
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