Brees' Pact Serves Both Sides Well

Alex Restrepo/New Orleans Saints

After months of wondering, "Why are the Drew Brees contract talks taking so long," only one question remains: "What the hell took so long?"

Brees' five-year, $100 million deal was such an obvious win-win-win for the player, the team and the Who Dat Nation that Friday felt like a local holiday. A rainbow even broke out on top of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Friday afternoon, for crying out loud.

All that talk of "market value" and "leverage" over the past five months seems so silly now.

Everyone involved in the negotiations, every fan and most every media analyst spent Friday congratulating both sides on the deal. And virtually no one suggested that either side got the raw end.

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