The New Orleans Saints have hit a few speed bumps this off-season but locking up quarterback Drew Brees for the 2012 season was a No. 1 priority and Friday, the deal was done
Drew Brees tweeted Friday that the Deal is Done! Love you, Who Dat Nation. See you soon!
Saints QB Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints have agreed on a long-term contract Friday that will guarantee at least $60 million and pay $100 million over five years.
New Orleans is hosting the Super Bowl in February, 2013 and Brees planned on holding out through training camp if a deal was not reached. Rumors over hidden penalties from the Bounty Gate scandal or a lack of disposable income from Saints ownership had begun circling by Brees’ agent, Tom Condon, insisted it was just a matter of time before the two sides reached an agreement.
NFL ODDS FOR 2012
Sports betting sites have closely monitored the situation and as of Friday, Pinnacle Sports offers the New Orleans Saints (+117) to win the NFC South. They are the top favorite ahead of the Atlanta Falcons (+122), Carolina Panthers (+570) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1586).
Odds to win the NFC rank New Orleans (+744) fourth behind the Green Bay Packers (+274), Philadelphia Eagles (+540) and San Francisco 49ers (+1573). It was the Niners who eliminated the Saints in January with a dramatic 36-32 win in the divisional round. Brees completed 40 of 62 pass attempts for 462 yards and four touchdowns.
Saints Super Bowl odds pay back at +1573 but that price will likely fall before Week 1. In NFL futures betting, the New Orleans season win total is currently listed at 10 Under (-157) and betting the “Over” pays back at +134.