Brees signs $100 million contract with Saints

Published 5:18 pm Tuesday, July 17, 2012

METAIRIE (AP) – Drew Brees took some time out of his Sunday to sign autographs on items ranging from a black jersey handed to him by a fan to a $100 million contract handed to him by the New Orleans Saints.

The star quarterback, who had agreed verbally to his historic deal Friday, visited team headquarters to take a physical and put pen to paper on the five-year contract that gives him the highest average annual pay ($20 million) in NFL history.

Brees then grabbed a sandwich to go at a Jimmy John’s sandwich shop he owns, where he posed for photos, shook hands and signed autographs for star-struck fans before hopping in a white sport utility vehicle and heading for the airport.

Looking satisfied and relaxed in a black T-shirt with #NOLALOVE printed across the front, the clean-cut Brees said he was eager to rejoin his teammates after a protracted contract holdout that ran parallel to a bounty scandal that has swirled around the Saints since March.

“It’s been a little surreal,” Brees said. “It’s just been a crazy offseason, and I think we’re all just ready to get back to work and excited.”

Brees, his currently pregnant wife, Brittany, and their two young boys spend parts of offseasons in southern California. Brees will be back in New Orleans again soon, though, as the Saints report for training camp July 24.

A year ago, Brees was organizing and running a voluntary minicamp during the NFL lockout. This offseason, he missed all of the voluntary practices and mandatory minicamp while his agent, Tom Condon, and Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis worked on a new contract that gave Brees a payday on par with his record-setting performances on the field.