The Redskins wont catch the Saints without their best player when the two teams open their NFL seasons in the Superdome on Sept. 9.Drew Brees is getting paid.The quarterback and the team avoided what could have been an ugly holdout by agreeing to a five-year, 100 million contract. The deal with first reported by Chris Mortensen of ESPN and has been confirmed by others.What is eye popping about this deal is that it will pay him 40 million this year in a combination of salary and bonuses. That surpasses the record 37.5 million first-year payout set by the Ravens defensive lineman Haloti Ngata last year.The deal contains 60 million guaranteed over the first three years.The Saints had tagged Brees as their franchise player. There were reports that Brees would not report to camp under the franchise tender and that his holdout might linger into the season.If it went even one game into the season, that would have benefitted the Redskins, who will likely be debuting promising rookie Robert Griffin III. As good as Griffin might be down the road, the presence of one of the games truly elite quarterbacks will be quite an advantage for the home team on Sept. 9.The Saints will be dealing with some adversity even with Brees in the fold. Head coach Sean Peyton was suspended for the entire season due to the teams bounty scandal and interim coach Joe Vitt will also be out for the opener due to his role in that.
Brees gets paid, will face Redskins
July 13, 2012, 6:29 pm