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Brees agrees to six-year deal with Saints

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Mar 14, 2006.

  1. robdog

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    <img width="302" height="153" alt="Drew Brees" id="image1957" src="http://bolttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/02/g_brees_ht.jpg" />

    By John Clayton

    Early in his career, there were questions about <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=5479">Drew Brees</a> having a slow release.

    That wasn't the case Tuesday when he pulled the trigger on a six-year, $60 million deal with the <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=nor">New Orleans Saints</a> that included a $10 million signing bonus.

    Brees' decision came within seconds of the Dolphins dropping out of the bidding when they traded a second-round choice for <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=4659">Daunte Culpepper</a>. All along, the Saints had more money and more guarantees on the table for Brees and wanted to use his name as the marquee for ticket sales, sales that have been hot because of the Saints' return to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

    Even though the Saints will be looking at Matt Leinart in the draft, they have Brees as their starting quarterback. That puts the Saints in the position to possible trade down from the No. 2 spot and take defensive end Mario Williams or simply take the North Carolina State defensive end.

    Brees comes to New Orleans with high recommendations. Cowboys coach Bill Parcells has always been a big fan of Brees and advised his former assistant, Sean Payton, to take Brees if he had the chance. Payton is the new coach of the Saints.

    Brees rejected the Dolphins' idea of lowering his demands for guarantees because the Saints made a promise to his agent, Tom Condon. In the end, Brees didn't budge and he ended up going to the Saints.
     

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