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Saints quarterback Drew Brees signed a five-year, $100 million deal with $40 million in the first year of his contract in 2012.

"Deal is Done! Love you, Who Dat Nation. See you soon," Brees posted on his Twitter feed at 2 p.m. ET Friday.

The first-year total includes a signing bonus of $37 million.

"Congratulations are in order for our organization, our city, Drew and (wife) Brittany and certainly for Mickey Loomis and his staff for all of the hard work put in to make this possible," Saints owner Tom Benson said in a team-issued statement.

"Now we must turn our focus to getting (ready) for the start of training camp and to keeping with our goal of being the first team in NFL history to host and play in a Super Bowl."

Brees was designated the Saints' franchise player in February and sometimes-icy negotiations became contentious as reports surfaced that the two sides were far apart on the total guaranteed salary in the first three years of the deal.

The contract includes $60 million in the first three years, all guaranteed, which is a record for any NFL contract.

The $100 million total value of the deal trumps the five-year, $96 million contract Peyton Manning signed with the Broncos in March, making Brees the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL.

The deal isn't just new ground for the NFL at the position -- an average salary of $20 million -- it far exceeds Brees' previous deal with the Saints. New Orleans signed Brees to a six-year, $60 million deal as a free agent in 2006. He was coming off a shoulder injury in his final season with the Chargers, who turned the starting job over to first-round pick Philip Rivers.

Brees is coming off of a record-setting season in which he broke Dan Marino's record for passing yards with 5,476 and completed 71.2 percent of his passes, breaking his own record (70.6 in 2009). Brees and the Saints set a record for total offense, gaining 7,474 to beat the 2000 St. Louis Rams' mark of 7,075.

---In his first public appearance since being suspended indefinitely, former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams told ESPN.com "I will coach again."

Williams hosts an annual golf fundraiser that benefits children in his hometown of Excelsior Springs, Mo.

Williams was suspended indefinitely on March 21 by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for his admitted role in a bounty program in which players were paid for hits that injured opponents. Williams left New Orleans in January when his contract expired for the same position with good friend Jeff Fisher with the St. Louis Rams before his punishment came down.

Williams said he has not spoken to Goodell since he learned of his punishment.

Williams issued an apology for what he called a "terrible mistake."

Saints coach Sean Payton was suspended for the entire 2012 season and four players -- linebackers Jonathan Vilma and Scott Fujita and defensive linemen Anthony Hargrove and Will Smith -- appealed their suspensions but Goodell declined to reduce their varied punishment.

---Adrian Peterson appeared in Harris County Criminal Court, where his next court date was reset for Aug. 6.

The Vikings' running back was charged with resisting arrest and fined $1,000 for the disturbance as Live! At Bayou Place in Houston was closing early Saturday morning. His attorney, Rusty Hardin, said the initial reports of Peterson being the aggressor were false. Hardin claimed Peterson was arrested while leaving the bar with friends.

According to a police report, Peterson was asked by an off-duty officer working at the club as a second job to leave the bar when it was closing. As the officer worked his way through the club to scatter other patrons toward the exit, he returned to find Peterson and his group in the same place.

After exchanging words, Peterson allegedly shoved the officer, who tripped and went to the floor. At that point, he attempted to place Peterson under arrest, but Peterson resisted until two other officers helped place him in handcuffs and led him out of the building.

The Vikings report to training camp July 24. Their first preseason game is Aug. 10 at San Francisco, but Peterson, who is recovering from reconstructive knee surgery in January, isn't expected to play until at least the third preseason game (Aug. 24).

---Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will appear at an autograph signing at a mall in Charlotte on Saturday, but his ink won't be cheap.

According to the Charlotte Observer, Newton is asking $125 to sign a photo, $150 to sign a football and $175 if he scratches his name on a jersey or shirt. Want it personalized? Sure, he'll do that for an extra $50.

The Observer reports Saturday's event is Newton's sixth for GT Sports Marketing, the company he signed with out of Auburn.

Newton is scheduled to sign from 1:30 to 4 p.m., immediately after Bo Jackson and before former NBA player Larry Johnson.

Newton's marketing agent at IMG told the paper his client signed with an autograph company to avoid fake or unauthorized merchandise.

---The Seahawks put an end to the debate about Mike Williams' status, releasing the former first round pick a little more than two weeks before the start of training camp.

"We would like to thank Mike for his contributions over the past two seasons and we wish him well in the future," Seahawks general manager John Schneider said.

Williams signed a contract extension after a breakout 2010 season in which he caught 65 passes for 751 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught three touchdowns in the playoffs that season.

However, he regressed in 2011, catching just 18 passes for 236 yards and one touchdown in 12 games, and finished the season on injured reserve with an ankle injury.

Williams was expected to be fighting a tough battle to make the final roster in 2013. With Sidney Rice healthy, Doug Baldwin coming off an excellent rookie year and Golden Tate progressing toward the end of last season along with steady veteran Ben Obomanu, the team has a solid if hardly dynamic top four receivers.

Second-year wide receiver Kris Durham is a 6-6 possession receiver the Seahawks are expecting to emerge following his injury-plagued rookie season

Seattle is also high on raw deep threat Ricardo Lockette, who the coaching staff wants to get more reps in training camp, and Deon Butler is fully recovered from his gruesome broken leg in the 2010 season. Rookies Phil Bates, Jermaine Kearse and Lavasier Tuinei are also on the roster, along with third-year player Charly Martin and second-year man Cameron Kenney.

---Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright won't face felony charges stemming from his July 2 arrest for driving under the influence.

The district attorney's office in Los Angeles County hasn't filed any charges against Wright to date. Wright's attorney, Jeremy I. Lessem, issued a statement saying prosecutors reviewed facts and decided not to file charges.

Wright was involved in an injury accident near the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles at 12:20 a.m. The driver of the other vehicle refused medical treatment.

Wright was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence. He indicated to Los Angeles Police officers that he had been drinking, but he refused field sobriety tests or a Breathalyzer.

He was booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Wright was a major free-agent acquisition by the Buccaneers during the offseason, singing a five-year, $37.5 million contract. He was being counted on to shore up their secondary.
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