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The Count: Drew Brees’ reported salary for the 2017 New Orleans Saints season

$24.25 million

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Few doubted the New Orleans Saints would come to a new deal with quarterback Drew Brees, and the deal announced last week — a five-year deal with an automatic void option after year two. Brees already had a $20 million deal in place for the 2016 season, the final year of his current contract.

   In 2012, after much negotiating, Brees signed a five-year, $100 million contract that set a new record for NFL players. The protracted negotiations gave rise to a fan slogan — "Give Brees His Cheese" — and a song, "Pay Drew Brees," by the rap duo 5-Star and T-Bone. Now if Brees just can lead the team out of the doldrums of the last two seasons.

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