Earlier today it was reported by ESPN that Drew Brees has finally gotten the deal he wanted and deserved. Anyone looking at the situation from the outside believes that this deal took to long to get done, myself included, but I think we all knew it was going to get done. Brees will be a Saint for the next 5 years and make more money than anyone else in the NFL ever has. Is he really worth a record breaking contract?
The simple answer is yes, but the reasoning is more complicated. His stats are worthy of the contract he has received. Brees hasn’t thrown for less than 4,380 yards in a single season since he became a Saint. He’s never thrown less than 33 TD’s in a season while wearing a New Orleans jersey. He consistently completes more than 64% of his passes and twice has hit 70% for a season. He has set records for yardage, efficiency and TD’s.
I’m a firm believer that stats aren’t enough to pay a player a huge contract, especially a QB. He has to produce late in games manufacture wins. Brees has done that too. He has been a big reason for the Saints being playoff and superbowl contenders every year that he has been in New Orleans. He was the Super Bowl MVP, league MVP canidate for the at least 3 of the last 4 seasons.
Brees is deserving of his new contract for one more reason. He is a great person that has made it his mission to help a city that needs it and doesn’t think twice about it. When Brees signed with New Orleans the city was in shambles after Katrina. He bought a home in the City and started working to help the locals rebuild and clean up the mess. 6 years later he continues his work in New Orleans not just because he can but because he wants to. He isn’t just the face of the Saints, he is the face of New Orleans and it was the Saints responsibility to make sure he stayed that way.