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The Saints are fools for their treatment of Brees

Posted on: February 29, 2012 9:16 am
Edited on: February 29, 2012 10:06 am
 
The Saints and Drew Brees are far apart in their negotiations for a long-term deal which could lead to something players despise: the franchise tag.

But before we get into that, let's go down the list of things to like about Drew Brees. He's coming off a record-setting year. He's one of the top three quarterbacks in football. Pretty good, so far. He's an excellent teammate, great leader and solid guy. More? Not a blemish off the field. More? He was a key party of New Orleans' recovery from Hurricane Katrina. On and on it goes.

Which is why it's a total mystery the Saints have yet to work out a deal with Brees. A league source says the two sides remain far apart and confirmed an ESPN report that New Orleans might use the franchise tag on Brees on Monday. Now, the ESPN report is slightly deceptive because if a team does use its franchise tag, they have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal and remove the tag.

My point is: What the hell are the Saints doing? I've said this before. There are certain players, only a handful, where you open the vault and roll out the cash. You give them a blank check. Brees is one of those players. Franchising Brees is going to anger him, no question. Players despise the tag because it limits their earning potential. So you've ticked off your best player. For what? Why?

The Saints want Brees and Brees wants to be a Saint, so in the end, Brees will get his long-term deal. It's just that the team is making Brees sweat it out. And that's just plain foolish.
Category: NFL
Tags: Brees, NFL, Saints
 
Comments

Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: February 29, 2012 1:05 pm
 

The Saints are fools for their treatment of Brees

He is a better dome quarterback and New Orleans is constructed for the dome. But typically, The Saints will play 11 to 12 games per season under a dome. It only makes sense to gear the team for that environment (similar to the greatest show on turf).

And it isn't like the offense did nothing against the 49ers on grass. They still managed to rack up over 30 points against one of the better defenses in the league.

He's been in the league for 10 years. He probably has 4 to 5 All-Pro caliber years left. In today's league where quarterback play is the most influential in determining the outcome of a game, it doesn't make sense for the organization to p*ss the franchise player off.



Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:57 pm
 

The Saints are fools for their treatment of Brees

I've said this before. There are certain players, only a handful, where you open the vault and roll out the cash. You give them a blank check. Brees is one of those players

This is stupidity. Drew Brees has made plenty of money playing football, if he never makes another dime. If Drew Brees is about winning championships for the people of New Orleans, then he'll agree to a contract that doesn't hamstring the franchise. Not every contract has to be a new record, and it's not a slap in the face to not be the new "highest paid player" at your position. Take your 15 mill a year and let them sign an offensive lineman or two to keep your scrawny white buttocks upright.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:53 pm
 

The Saints are fools for their treatment of Brees

To be fair, I don't think you can criticize either side until you know what their offers are, why they are so far apart.  Is Brees asking for so much money that it prevents the Saints from fielding a competitive team by filling other positions, or so high that the team loses money?  Are the Saints offering bargain basement money or is their offer within the range of the top two or three QBs in the league?  You can't, despite what our author thinks, give Brees a "blank check" and pay him absolutely anthing but he certainly should be paid an amount that fairly reflects his performance.

As for "playing with fire" so is Brees.  If no long term deal gets done, he either holds out and makes $0 ("limits his earning potential") or plays for the franchise tag, running the everpresent risk of a career ending injury but without the huge GUARANTEED signing bonus money that will come with a long term deal....either way, he runs the risk of "limiting his earning potential".



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:49 pm
 

The Saints are fools for their treatment of Brees

Nothing to do with the Crappy D..Undecided



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:45 pm
 

The Saints are fools for their treatment of Brees

I don't think they can, because brees is not an RFA.  Since he's unrestricted, they have to use the full-out tag on him, not the restricted one.  That would keep him under their control for the year, and other teams could not offer a deal.  I could be wrong on that, but I"m pretty sure.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:45 pm
 

The Saints are fools for their treatment of Brees

Limits his earning potential?  Seriously?
In an era where many are digging through dumpsters to feed their family any insinuation that ANY player should receive sympathy for making only $25M per year versus $27M is just downright disrespectful to the people that are simply trying to find a job, any job.
I like Brees.  He is as classy as any player in the NFL, or any other sport for that matter.  He means the world to the city of N.O. and he IS the face of the Saints.
But brining money up is just downright stupid.  You make enough.  Sign the paperwork, get the deal done, and move on.
Or else risk losing any respect that many of us currently have for you.



Since: Jun 17, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:43 pm
 

The Saints are fools for their treatment of Brees

Ask Mike Ditka what he thinks of Saints owner Tom Benson and you will have your answer.



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:27 pm
 

The Saints are fools for their treatment of Brees

Wow Drew Brees must have been the only guy playing against Seattle last year, and the only guy playing against the Niners this past year. I believe that the Saints team lost, not just Brees.  If New Orleans is not good in outdoor weather and the elements, maybe it's time the owners look at an outdoor stadium. 



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:24 pm
 

The Saints are fools for their treatment of Brees

Are you in the negotiating room with Brees Freeman? Did you get this insider info from Brees, Tom Bensen or anyone else actually involved in the process. Are is it more wild speculation. Of course, you're with CBS, so it's gotta be wild speculation. Cuz, you need to get a real job.



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:23 pm
 

The Saints are fools for their treatment of Brees

Correct me if I'm wrong here but didn't Brees in the Super Bowl outdoors in Miami? Against the heavily favored Indianapols Colts? On a grass field, outside? I don't believe I'm wrong on that.


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