Drew Brees is one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history and will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. In his 19-year career, the New Orleans Saints signal-caller has set countless records and earned hundreds of millions of dollars. He’s also been quite successful as a businessman off the field. What is Drew Brees’ salary and net worth?
Drew Brees and one of the greatest NFL careers in history
Drew Brees has been questioned at every turn his entire career. In high school, he won a state championship in Texas, known for its rich football tradition, and still, no major schools in Texas recruited him. At Purdue, same thing. Brees set 13 Big Ten Conference records including passing yards (11,792), touchdown passes (90), total offensive yards (12,693), completions (1,026), and attempts (1,678). NFL teams didn’t see him as good enough for a first-round selection.
The San Diego Chargers selected Brees with the first pick of the second round, No. 32 overall. It took a few years but Brees had his breakout season in 2004 when he threw for 3,159 yards that included 27 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. He also made his first Pro Bowl. He was just getting started.
Two years later Brees joined the New Orleans Saints and his career trajectory changed forever. He became a big star in the Big Easy that first season throwing for a league-leading 4,418 yards and leading the Saints to the NFC Championship. He also earned his first All-Pro honor that season.
Since his arrival in New Orleans, Brees has etched his name in the NFL history books with regularity, which included winning the Saints organization its first Super Bowl title in 2010. Individually, he’s ranked No. 1 in NFL history in passes attempted, passes completed, passing yards, and passing TDs.
Drew Brees’ businesses and future career in broadcasting
As Brees enters his 20th season, there’s been much speculation in recent months about his future once his playing days are over. He was considered a top candidate for ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcasting team, but the Worldwide Leader in Sports missed out.
NBC swooped in and signed Brees to a contract to work Sunday Night Football telecasts instead. Brees’ contract with NBC is expected to pay him north of what ESPN was offering, which according to reports, was around $6 million per season.
While Brees plans on continuing in football through his work in the broadcast booth, he also plans on continuing his work in the world of business and philanthropy. Brees owns multiple Jimmy John’s and Dunkin’ (Donuts) franchises, and he’s also an investor in the UNTUCKit line of shirts.
He and his wife Brittany are also very generous with their money and do great things through the Drew Brees Foundation. The foundation’s mission statement is: Improving the quality of life for cancer patients, and provide care, education, and opportunities for children and families in need. To date, it has contributed more than $35 million globally. In 2020, the couple also donated $5 million to Louisiana relief efforts around the coronavirus.
What is Drew Brees’ net worth?
When Drew Brees signed with the San Diego Chargers in 2001, he received a $1.845 million signing bonus to go along with his $320,000 a year salary. Times have changed dramatically since then.
In March 2020, Brees signed a two-year contract with the Saints worth $50 million, including a $23 million signing bonus. Over the course of his career, Brees has earned more than $244 million, and he leads all NFL players in sponsor money ($15 million). According to Celebrity Net Worth, Brees has a net worth of $120 million.
How much longer Brees plays in the NFL no one knows, but he will leave behind a legacy as one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game. What Brees has accomplished is even more impressive when you consider no one ever believed he would be able to achieve such greatness, except Drew Brees.