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The New Orleans Saints have agreed to a five-year contract with quarterback Drew Brees, making him one of the highest-paid players in the National Football League.

The contract is worth US100 million (Dh367m) with a league-record US60m (Dh220m) in guaranteed money, and the first year reportedly worth US40m (Dh146.8m).

The 11-year-veteran, 33, had let the Saints know he was looking for a long-term deal.

“Deal is Done! Love you. See you soon!” Brees wrote on Twitter.

Saints owner Tom Benson said the club worked hard to keep Brees on their payroll.

“Now we must turn our focus to getting ready for the start of training camp and to keeping with our goal of being the first team in NFL history to host and play in a Super Bowl,” said Benson, a reference to the fact that New Orleans will be the site of the next Super Bowl.

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis added: “What Drew has accomplished in his time with the Saints, he deserves to be the highest-paid player in the league.”

 

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