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Saturday Afternoon Open Thread: Did Drew Brees Get Paid Too Much?

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NFL players make a lot of money. We all know that. Quarterbacks, especially, are showered with millions upon millions of dollars. The better you are, the more millions you get. But is there a point (relative to other quarterbacks) where a player can get too much?

Drew Brees ended his holdout yesterday after signing a 5-year, $100 million contract to stay with the New Orleans Saints. Now, this isn't the most surprising of contracts to be handed out. Brees has done quite a bit for that organization, including leading them to a Super Bowl victory.

What might be surprising is the amount of money that he will get in his first year. Brees is owed $40 million in 2012, $37 million of it coming in a signing bonus. $60 million of his total contract is guaranteed. That is quite a large chuck of change.

Is $40 million in one year just too much to pay any player? It is the most paid out of all time. Tell us what you think.