Saints' Drew Brees wasn't looking to be highest-paid NFL player
By The Sports Xchange
|New Orleans Saints' QB Drew Brees. (GETTY IMAGES)
Brees says he was not seeking out record contract
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees told WWL radio Friday night that he was not seeking to become the NFL’s highest-paid player when he signed a five-year, $100 million contract with $60 million guaranteed.
The contract pays him $40 million in the first year with a signing bonus of $37 million.
“I can tell you from the start of this negotiation, I never thought once, ’Hey, I want to be the highest-paid guy,” Brees told the radio station, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “It was more about trying to look purely objectively at numbers over the last decade of top-tier quarterbacks, where it’s been and where it’s going, and trying to do what’s fair and justified.”
Brees’ contract tops the $96 million deal Peyton Manning signed with the Denver Broncos in March.
Brees threw for NFL records of 5,476 yards and a 71.2 percent completion rate last season. Brees and the Saints set a record for total offense, gaining 7,474 to beat the 2000 St. Louis Rams’ mark of 7,075.
“This season cannot start fast enough,” he said.