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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

Since: Apr 21, 2008
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:54 am

The Saints are fools for their treatment of Brees

Brees is a great dome QB but get him against a good defense on the grass in dec./jan he isnt as good. Only a few qb's are great in all the elements..Brady, Rodgers, Eli, Big Ben

Since: Apr 7, 2010
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:46 am

The Saints are fools for their treatment of Brees

The player-gets-paid, player-loses-interest argument is a good one for certain positions, like RB or WR.  QBs are trained from a young age to think less in terms of looking out for number one however (though they still have to do that, but that's what they have agents for) and more about what's best for their team and organization (which, if they're worth a damned thing, they are the face of).

And as the article points out, there are very few QBs as synonymous with their organization and fanbase as Brees is with the Saints.  There are maybe 2 or 3 teams that wouldn't want him over their QB (full disclosure, I'm a Pats fan so I'm one of the lucky ones).  There are virtually no health concerns with the man, his skills are obvious, as are his leadership qualities and character.  If they made him the highest paid QB and made it a 10-year contract it would still be money well spent.  It's a slam dunk, pay the man and be happy you're in a position to do so.

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:43 am

The Saints are fools for their treatment of Brees

Excellent article which sums up in about 3 short paragraphs why Brees should be (imo) the highest paid player in the NFL, period. Take Drew Brees away from the saints and they probably win 3 games all year. As a life-long Buffalo Bills fan, I can say we were spoiled by Jim Kelly for almost a decade, and after Kelly, we have made the playoffs once in the last 11+ years and have nothing to look forward to each year except losing because we don't have an elite QB like Brees. Brees is soo skilled and has Lombardi leadership skills, that he could run the entire offense and call all his own plays throughout the entire season if needed. If Brees came to Buffalo (don't worry I know it'll never happen) he could probably get us to the playoffs in one season, and that's saying a lot. Do the saints forget how terrible they were w/out Brees???? Brees is the PERFECT athlete/human being/role model, and for him to get low balled like this is disgraceful. If I was a Saints fan I would get a lot of other saints fans together and protest this gutless move right in front of the owners home or chip in to put up a billboard requesting the owner to pay the greatest player to ever play for the saints, a sure HOF QB. Hey it worked when the Bills fans put up a billboard begging Ralph Wilson to fire Dick Jaron after he made a joke of the head coaching position, and I encourage the Saints fans to speak up about this. The Saints' owner should be public enemy number one in New Orleans right now.

Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:39 am

The Saints are fools for their treatment of Brees

For all you that don't understand a "blank check," here's what Freeman is saying. A player of Brees, Brady, and Rogers quality is worth the max contract. What the top players in hisfield are getting paid, Brees also deserves that pay. Unlike most players, he has EARNED it. Someone said he is overrated; I beg to differ. Brees not only puts his team in a position to compete every year for a title, but he also won MANY championships for Fantasy teams. I havewon back to back with him. But this isn't about fantasy; this is about what he has done for the Saints... PERIOD!!! Before Brees and Sean Payton came to the Saints, they were the AINTS. They have taken a franchise that was NOTHING and turned them into a contender each year since. If you don't know, pleasego back and see the articles about how bad the Saints were before Brees came to town. Also, Brees held a press conference to bring awareness to how bad they needed help in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit. If he wanted to be in the spotlight, why didn't he hold a press conference about him being in Iraq helping soldiers and working out with them for two weeks? Here goes Grouchy Smurf aka Haters again....

Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:24 am

The Saints are fools for their treatment of Brees

Drew Brees is the New Orleans Saints. He made this team relevent and everything they have done has started with him. Does management think their success is a result of some amazing system they have imparted? What a joke... Pay the man.

Since: May 4, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:19 am
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Since: Jan 28, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:19 am

The Saints are fools for their treatment of Brees

I guess it's hard to assess blame without knowing what's being offered.  Maybe it's Brees who's being unreasonable.  Manning and Brady were both extended recently, so there should be some guidelines they can go by.  

Since: Jul 12, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:13 am

The Saints are fools for their treatment of Brees

 Matt Flynn would be a great replacement.

You cant be serious Zeron.   Ugh.

Since: Feb 16, 2012
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:08 am

The Saints are fools for their treatment of Brees

If Drew brees demands too much, ther are other greats in the pool. Matt Flynn would be a great replacement. Look, Brees maybe elite, but history shows that the players that demand that high of contract have a tendancy to flop or just half-gas it because they know they are set. Make threats of replacing him and then see if he adjusts, even if it ends up a bluff. Tell him that in order to get the team good enough, they need more cap space and his contract is starting to get in the way. If he cares at all about the team he will adjust at least a little. Look, history has shown, through players like Chris Johnson and Albert Haynesworth, that if a player starts to demand a large amount, his performance usually collapses. True team players care about the team first, then themselves. The worst he can say is no, then move on.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:52 am

The Saints are fools for their treatment of Brees

Mister Simple, 1, the Saints are not a small market football program anymore.  2, the league salary cap leaves every team with the same issues each and every year.

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