After missing the first twenty Charger practices, Drew Brees will finally don a San Diego uniform, agreeing to a four-year deal, reportedly worth $10 million, it was announced Monday night.
Brees, the teams' first pick in the second round of April's draft, is expected by many to be San Diego's quarterback of the future and will battle Dave Dickenson for the No. 2 spot behind Doug Flutie.
A source close to the negotiations said the contract also features a $2 million signing bonus.
"I'm glad to have the deal consummated," General Manager John Butler told reporters. "Now we can put the business side behind us and get back on the field. Drew's excited and looking forward to getting started tomorrow (Tuesday)."
The Heisman Trophy finalsist is expected to join the team for Tuesday's afternoon session.
Brees, who led Purdue to it's first Rose Bowl appearance since 1967, holds virtually every Big Ten passing record, leading in passing yards (11,792), touchdown passes (90), total offensive yards (12,693), completion percentage (.611), completions (1,026) and attempts (1,678). He ranks fourth in the NCAA record books for total offense, completions and attempts.