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Brees taking care of Brees

Posted on: March 3, 2012 3:56 pm

They will call Drew Brees selfish.

He's thinking about himself -- and just himself.

How dare he not take a deal that would make him the highest-paid player in the NFL and instead force the Saints to use the franchise tag on him to keep him off the market?

Here's what I say to that: Brees has to do what he feels is best for himself. There are a lot of people out there who will say Brees should have signed a deal with the Saints to help the team get some cap relief to sign Carl Nicks and Marques Colston before free agency.

That's not his duty. He serves himself. He's an independent contractor. If he and his agent don't like the deal the Saints have offered, they don't take it.

The other part is on the team. They need to make it work.

Having said all that, let's get off this Brees-is-the-savior of New Orleans talk while we're at it. If this negotiation has taught us anything, it's that all players -- no matter what image they portray -- are in it for themselves.

Never forget that.

But don't get mad at Brees. He's looking out for No. 9 -- or in this case, as it always is, No. 1.

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Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 10:55 am

Brees taking care of Brees

Why does Brees get a pass?? If this was any other player he would be deemed selfish and he would be getting killed in the media..Im all for Brees getting his just do. but to my understanding the offer is on par with Brady and Peytons deal..but he might think he's worth more, cool but its at the cost of weaking his team..specifi
cally his weapons..Nicks and Colston are relative to his success. is a couple of mil worth not making the superbowl?

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 10:23 am

Brees taking care of Brees

All of you stop it.  If you were in negotiations with your company for a contract, you would get every dime you possibily could.  Why would you expect Brees to be different?  He is no different than any other human being; he wants to get paid what HE believes he is worth, not what you guys think or what the Saints think.  Most players want to win, put up stats, and win superbowls.  Why?  BECAUSE IT MEANS MORE MONEY!!  Kind of like the rest of us putting in the extra effort at work, trying to get ahead and make more money.  Just because the scale is different (thousands of dollars for us; millions for him) doesn't change the fact he has an idea how much he is worth in his head and he wants to be compensated that amount.  Bottom line: THEY DON'T PLAY THE GAME TO MAKE US HAPPY.  They play the game for money.  It's a job, nothing else.  So stop being ignorant and get with the real world for once.

Since: Jun 7, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2012 10:01 am

Brees taking care of Brees - Inependant cntrctor?

Last I checked it was still a team sport.  Bree's is an independant contractor??  What a stupid thing to say.  In a sprort where idividuals try to take over the team concept it is attitudes like this that make it difficult for a fan to be loyal to a team when a player can't. 

This should have been resolved by the Bree's camp, plain and simple!  In a sport with over paid and under educated (majority speaking) players doing what they love with Pensions that humble wall street..  it is refreshing to see loyalty without having to disrupt an entire team.  But sadly we see less of that all the time... 

I don't begrudge a player for getting what he deserve's, but there has to be a limit........  Good luck getting that extra few mill Bree's and be sure to tip your O-line well as they might not all see it your way.......

Since: Aug 17, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2012 10:01 am

Brees taking care of Brees

Remember this is a business, the Saints have just made a business decision.  There is still a lot to play out.  Will they sign Colston and Nicks with the money they just saved?  If they lose those players then Brees may not have the season he just had.  From what we have heard, Brees wanted $23 million and Saints offered $18 million.  Brees ends up with $14 million.  Sounds like Saints won big time money wise.  We will have to see by the Saints / Brees play next season if this all works out.

Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: March 4, 2012 8:14 am

Brees taking care of Brees

It was Brees that saved the Saints. RSZ, go back and check Brees stats when he was a Charger. I think the Chargers were mad kicking him to the curb. Brees was never mediocore, very far from it. The Saints owe HIM for everything he built this team ino. A funny thing though about Brees' stats is that they were likely enhanced by the Greg Williams Mafia. With other teams playing backup players because the Saints injured the starters, that translates into more turnover, shorter fields and better offensive stats. So stupid Williams even managed to tarnish Brees and everything he accomplished. I'm sure Brees knows this nd is sickened by it.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2012 7:46 am

Brees taking care of Brees

What is the difference between 18 and 23 million?

And what is the motivation of this article by Prisco?

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2012 7:02 am

Brees taking care of Brees

Hmm, I don't know what the real intent of this article was.  The truth is, I'm not mad at Brees.  The way of the professional sports world when it comes to contract negotiations these days is the players, each of them, wants what they want, and management/ownership only wants to give up what it wants.  One factor in this is salary-capping...if the Saints could afford to give Brees everything he wants to keep him AND still keep other players happy, no matter the cost, this negotiation wouldn't even be going on.  If people really, really think that Brees and anyone else is too greedy, be it other players or management, whatever, there is a solution.  Just stop paying for tickets and stop watching games on TV.  Voting with dollars, especially through declines in TV ratings, would put a hurt on the available money for any contract negotiations to individual players.  Unless you are willing to make that commitment to put a dent in the league's money flow, don't complain about what players want vs. what management is willing to pay.

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 4:52 am

Brees taking care of Brees

We don't know the details of what Brees was offered.  Sure there's reports about it making him the highest paid player in the league - but how much of the contract was guaranteed?  In the end that's really all that matters to NFL players.  Teams don't have to honour the actual dollar value on the face of a contract. 

For example, Peyton Manning has a $28 million roster bonus coming due plus another $7 million in salary for 2012 ........ and guess what?  The Colts can simply say no thanks, not pay Manning a dime and let him walk away as a free agent. 

Brees just went out and produced the best season ever for a QB in terms of yardage and continued to play at a level that only 2 or 3 other QBs can even hope to attain.  At 33 years of age this might be the last contract he signs.  And to his credit he played out his 6 year, $60 million deal without making any comments about an extension or becoming a distraction to his team.  Talk about greed if you want, but he honoured the contract he signed with his team in spite of totally outplaying it. 

You can bitch and moan all you want about the players being greedy but the reality is they are the reason we watch the NFL.  And Brees is one of the very best players at his position and in the NFL as a whole.  And therefore he has every reason to expect to be paid on par with those individuals. 

Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2012 4:37 am

Brees taking care of Brees


You are talking about Brees like he would have been out of football.  He made a choice to go to the Saints.  If you remember the Dolphins also brought him in to take a good look at him as well as other interst by other teams. The Chargers had also made him a 5 year offer. If you want to think about who saved who.  Maybe it was him who saved the Saints.  They got no where before Brees came on board. 3-13 in 2005 without Brees and 10-6 2006 with Brees and runner up to league MVP.  

Other teams would have taken a chance on a guy who would have been a two time Pro Bowler in 2004 and 2005 had he not injured his shoulder in 2005.  

Im getting tired of people asking like any player owes the organization anything.  Bress, Hamilton, anyone.  It is a business transaction.  This is a job.  You would not think twice in leaving your employer for a better option.  Why are players held to a different standard.  They are doing a job.  

Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: March 4, 2012 3:54 am

Brees taking care of Brees

There may be more to Bress's decision than we know.  Money may not be the

main issue. We know about the amounts offered and refused. The Saints may not be

a place Drew Bress may want his name tied to now. If all the allegations about

the coaching staff is confirmed, he may be doing the right thing for himself and

his family. The Saints will pay a high price for this behavior and rightfully

so. But he had to know what was going on the field but was tight lipped about

it. The NFL must take strong actions against the Saints and it's coaching staff.

The poor people of New Orleans are the victims here. What high caliber of player

will stay with the Saints. What has happened to our wonderful sport?

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