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Drew Brees agrees new deal to stay at the New Orleans Saints

Quarterback's negotiations with the NFL side a success after he had threatened not to go to training camp.

Drew Brees has signed a new deal with the New Orleans Saints.
Drew Brees has signed a new deal with the New Orleans Saints.

The New Orleans Saints and record-setting quarterback Drew Brees agreed to new contract, offering some good news to a National Football League (NFL) franchise that has been rocked by an off-season scandal.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed by the Saints but the NFL's website said Brees, who reportedly was not going to report to training camp without a new deal, agreed to a five-year, US$100 million (Dh367.5m) contract.

"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," Saints owner Tom Benson, said in a statement.

Brees, who broke Hall of Famer Dan Marino's single-season NFL record for passing yardage when he threw for 5,476 yards in 2011, confirmed the signing on his Twitter account, saying: "Deal is Done."

The six-time Pro-Bowl quarterback's contract is worth $40m in the first year and includes US$60m in guaranteed money, according to the report on the NFL's website.

Brees, who joined the Saints in 2006 after spending his first five campaigns with the San Diego Chargers, led the team to a maiden Super Bowl title in the 2009 NFL season and was named the championship game's most valuable player.

The deal is a welcome dose of good news for a franchise that has been dogged by turmoil this year after the NFL revealed the team had a programme that rewarded players with cash rewards for knocking opponents out of games.

Several coaches, current and former Saints players have been suspended as part of the investigation and the organisation was fined and stripped of draft picks.

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