New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ record-breaking success on the field has translated to one of the most lucrative careers in NFL history.
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Brees, who broke the NFL’s record for most career passing yardage on Monday night, has earned more than $221 million in salary during his 18 seasons in the league, according to Spotrac. That total ranks third in NFL history, behind retired quarterback Peyton Manning, who earned $248.7 million during his career, and his brother, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who has earned $235.3 million.
The Saints star has a chance to break Manning’s career earnings record. He is due to earn $27 million in salary and bonuses for the 2018 season and another $23 million if he returns for the 2019 season.
Brees broke the career yardage record, also held by the retired Manning, with a 62-yard touchdown pass at the end of the first half of the Saints’ 43-19 victory over the Washington Redskins. He now has 72,103 career passing yards – a number that should grow much larger before Brees retires.
"It played out even greater than I ever could've imagined," Brees said of his record-breaking moment, according to ESPN.
Brees ranked 17th on the latest edition of Forbes’ list of highest-paid athletes, earning $29.9 million in salary over the last year and an additional $13 million from endorsements. A popular brand ambassador, Brees has endorsement deals with Nike, Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo and several other major companies.
He is also a savvy investor, with holdings in Dunkin’ Brands, Jimmy John’s and other restaurant brands.