QB Drew Brees is lone Saint in Top 50 player merchandise sales list

New Orleans All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham may have dominated NFL news headlines while negotiating the four-year, $40 million contract extension he received earlier this month, but it’s the man throwing him the ball who’s still moving the most official Saints merchandise.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws a pass during a 2014 Pro Bowl practice. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws a pass during a 2014 Pro Bowl practice. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

Quarterback Drew Brees accounted for the 14th-most total sales of all products officially licensed by the NFL Players Inc. from March 1 through May 31, said a news release published by the group Tuesday. He was the only member of the Saints to appear on the NFL Players Inc. Top 50 Player Sales list, topped by rookie Cleveland quarterback and first-round draft pick Johnny Manziel.

Meanwhile, New Orleans natives/Newman grads/brothers Peyton Manning, quarterback of the Broncos, and Giants QB Eli Manning landed in the Top 25. Peyton Manning, the only player in league history to win five MVP trophies, was No. 5. Eli Manning, a two-time Super Bowl champion, was No. 25.

Brees, for his part, was the MVP of the Saints’ victory in Super Bowl XLIV; leads the NFL in passing yards the past two seasons (10,339); and over that time has thrown more touchdowns (82) than every player except Peyton Manning (92).

The complete list is below:
*-Represents Sales from May 8-31, 2014

1. Johnny Manziel*, Cleveland Browns
2. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
3. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
4. Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks
5. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
6. J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
7. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
8. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
9. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
10. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
11. Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers
12. Jadeveon Clowney*, Houston Texans
13. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
14. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
15. Patrick Willis, San Francisco 49ers
16. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
17. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
18. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
19. Eric Reid, San Francisco 49ers
20. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
21. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
22. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
23. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
24. Cameron Wake, Miami Dolphins
25. Eli Manning, New York Giants
26. Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers
27. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
28. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
29. Earl Thomas, Seattle Seahawks
30. NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco 49ers
31. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
32. DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins
33. Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns
34. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
35. Wes Welker, Denver Broncos
36. Sean Lee, Dallas Cowboys
37. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
38. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
39. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
40. Blake Bortles*, Jacksonville Jaguars
41. Michael Sam*, St. Louis Rams
42. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
43. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
44. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
45. Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks
46. Eric Decker, New York Jets
47. Darrelle Revis, New England Patriots
48. Geno Smith, New York Jets
49. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
50. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers