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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.

Category: NFL

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: March 3, 2012 9:35 pm

Brees taking care of Brees

Situations like this are exactly why the rules are in place.  As for "long-term contracts," they suck if you are a player.  Almost none of it is guaranteed, but they can keep you for the length of the contract if they want to.  I would never sign a contract that wasn't executable two ways.  The only exception would be a signing bonus with a clause that says the bonus is for signing, and that the club cannot sue to get any portion of it back.  

Getting "franchised" is the best deal in the game today.  You know how much money you are going to make, and could even hire an attorney at a flat rate to "negotiate" the contract instead of giving a percentage to a greedy agent.  the player can keep almost his entire contract and let his agent actually do some work if he wants to earn any money. 

Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: March 3, 2012 9:25 pm

Brees taking care of Brees

Saints quarterback Drew Brees echoed the words of coach Sean Payton on Friday, saying that he too would be "beyond stunned" if he's not back in New Orleans next season.

Brees is set to become an unrestricted free agent March 13, but he said he hopes his agent, Tom Condon, and the Saints will be able to hammer out a deal sooner.

"Really the sooner the better," Brees said Friday during a conference call with the New Orleans media. "Now here we are at the end of the season, and it's time to pick up discussions again, obviously once we all get a chance to step away and decompress and let this season kind of settle. But I've had conversations with (Saints General Manager) Mickey Loomis and my agent, and at some point very soon we're going continue to talk, and hopefully we will get a deal done very soon.

"Obviously there's a lot that goes into it. It's not as easy as maybe some people think it is. There's a lot of factors, variables, things to consider. The fact is we're all very confident that a deal will get done sooner than later."

Brees is expected to sign one of the richest deals in NFL history, with an annual value around $18 million per year. He said, however, that he doesn't want or expect his deal to prevent the Saints from retaining other key free agents such as guard Carl Nicks and receiver Marques Colston.

That would mean getting the deal done before the end of February, so the Saints could decide how to use their franchise tag and remaining salary-cap space on other free agents.

That's not essential, though. The Saints could place their franchise tag on Brees to essentially keep him off the open market. The Saints would maintain exclusive negotiating rights with Brees.

"My No. 1 priority, and it always has been this, is keeping our team together and making sure we have the right guys in the right positions to make a run at this for a long time," Brees said. "Now obviously my job is not head coach and my job is not general manager. I feel like we've got two very capable individuals in those positions. But I think we all kind of work together on this thing.

"Put it this way -- I'm not worried one bit about my contract or our ability to keep guys at key positions. Is it realistic to think we can keep absolutely everybody? I don't know how realistic that is, just because every year on a team there's turnover, and I think that's just the business we're in. That's the biggest reason why it's so sad when the season ends. It's not because the season is over and you don't get to play any more games, or you know you're not going to win a championship that year. The biggest sadness comes in because you're looking around the room and you know that there's guys you've become very close to that you might not be playing with any more."

Brees admitted that this season has "definitely" been the hardest for him to let go of in his 11-year career, partly because his and his team's expectations were so high heading into the playoffs.

Brees and the Saints' offense had one of the most prolific seasons in NFL history, and they were able to appreciate all the records they broke while they were in the midst of a nine-game winning streak. But now that the season is over, Brees admitted it's hard to look back and appreciate all of those accomplishments.

"I haven't been able to enjoy it yet, to be honest with you. It's been tough this week. I really have tried not to turn on the TV," said Brees, who has been spending time with his family in San Diego. "Honestly I've been on full-time daddy duty here for the last four days, which is awesome, just being with my family. And that's the greatest escape. But it's hard not to think about what could have been.

"But you know what? I take solace in the fact that we fought our heart out (in a 36-32 loss to the San Francisco 49ers). We gave it our best, and you know what, it just wasn't meant to be. And sometimes that's hard to swallow, but in the end there's nothing you can do about that, and you've got to believe that there's better things to come because of the experience that you gain now. Sometimes you don't always get what you want, but that's what helps position you for greater things in the future."

Brees said his expectations remain high, but after turning 33 earlier this week, he said he appreciates more than ever how rare it is to reach the Super Bowl.

"Maybe it gets harder as you get older, just because you don't know how many more opportunities you're going to have," Brees said. "We like to believe that this will last forever, but obviously it doesn't. And so, especially when you put a group together that we had, the type of team we had, which I felt really in all phases was right there and ready to make a run, it just goes to show you just how difficult this game is, especially when you get in the playoffs.

"Everybody probably has just as good of a shot as anybody else. It's just one play here, one play there that typically determine the outcome of a playoff game. Still, here we are only less than a week removed, and it still hurts."

Brees and at least four of his teammates -- tight end Jimmy Graham, guards Carl Nicks and Jahri Evans and tackle Jermon Bushrod -- will head to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii next week. He said he hopes that will give him a chance to turn the page.

"Obviously it was a long season, mentally and physically draining," Brees said. "If we're not playing for a championship, I guess there's no place I'd rather be than going to Hawaii for a week with the family and be able to enjoy the Pro Bowl and be around other guys that have earned that trip. And maybe that's going to be the time to decompress and reflect back on the season a little bit, but for now it still stings."

 Brees also revealed that he and his wife, Brittany, are expecting their third child later this summer. "A training camp baby on the way," the proud papa said.

Brees and his wife already have two young boys, Baylen and Bowen. He joked that they'll be "triply excited" for the third one. He said Brittany is still just two and a half months pregnant, but they think this one could be a girl because it feels a little different this time around.

Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: March 3, 2012 9:23 pm

Brees taking care of Brees

For players, it is a balancing act between getting your money (particularly in the NFL where you're literally one hit away from forced retirement) and winning.

That's why the agents do the negotiating. Players would probably succumb more readily to the line of "this will enable us to sign so and so." The agents don't care. They are looking at the bottom  line.

This gives the Saints more time to negotiate. After all this Nicks probably stays, Colston is probably gone

Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: March 3, 2012 9:20 pm

Brees taking care of Brees

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees rejected a contract offer from the club last year that would have made him the highest paid player in the NFL, according to a report published Friday at CBS

The report, citing an unidentified league source, is the first to say the money New Orleans offered Brees would have made him the league's highest paid player, but The Times-Picayune has confirmed a contract was offered to Brees and he rejected it.

Neither Brees nor his agent, Tom Condon, could immediately be reached for comment. Similarly, Saints officials did not respond immediately to a request for comment on the report.

Still, a league source earlier told The Times-Picayune that Brees had turned down, "a great deal," without divulging details. It is unclear from the CBS Sports report if the 2011 proposal from the club would have made Brees the highest paid player over the full span of the contract, or through a signing bonus or in one or more years of the deal.

Brees and the club are currently locked in negotiations over a new contract that presumably will shape the future of the Saints and Brees place within the organization. The Saints have until Monday afternoon to complete a deal, and should those negotiations prove unfruitful it is expected New Orleans will place the franchise tag on the quarterback, who last year became the most prolific single-season passer in football history.

Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: March 3, 2012 9:18 pm

Brees taking care of Brees

After lengthy contract negotiations, the Saints have placed their franchise tag on Drew Brees.  The franchise tag, which Carl Nicks was relieved to avoid, gives the New Orleans Saints exclusive negotiating rights.

Drew Brees, who set NFL records back in the 2011 season with a total of 5,476 yards passing, 468 completions, and a 71.2% passing average, eventually led the Saints to achieve an outstanding total of 7,474 offensive yards which set a new NFL record. With all of the aforementioned achievements, six years with the Saints, and a 2010 Super Bowl victory under his helmet, Drew Brees is one highly sought after quarterback which the Saints logically have no interest in losing were he to hit the market as a free agent.

While the Saints Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Brees is locked into negotiations, that still leaves Marques Colston (wide receiver) and Carl Nicks (guard) free to hit the market as free agents come March 13. 

Brees and the Saints might not necessarily be seeing eye to eye when it comes to the terms of Brees’ contract, however, that most certainly does not imply that Brees will be unable to reach an agreement prior to the end of the off-season. While there might be a difference as much as $5 million per season, Brees seemed quite certain that the two would come to an understanding as he was quoted saying he would be “beyond stunned” if they were unable to reach a contractual agreement that was suitable for both the Saints as well as NFL pro Bowl quarterback Drew Brees.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2012 9:01 pm

Brees taking care of Brees

What everyone is forgetting is what happened to Drew in 2004-05.  He was franchised by San Diego, then kicked to the curb as soon as he injured his shoulder.  With that in mind, it makes sense to work towards a more front-loaded contract.  Why is "the virtue of greed" only directed to players?  Can't "the virtue of greed" be extended to owners also as they get rid of players?

Players call the NFL "Not For Long" for a reason.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2012 8:58 pm

Brees taking care of Brees

The comment about his mother's suicide is so far out of bounds it's nearly unbelievable.  Football is one thing.  What happened to her and its impact upon Drew and the family is another story altogether.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2012 8:20 pm

Brees taking care of Brees

not only are you wrong but the math doesn't even add up. I love brees but he and his agent have screwed it up. The saints don't need to give him a long term deal than can franchise him for 3 years. thats 15 mil this year if you tag him next year it is a 20% increase that makes it 18 million. then the third year tag would put him at 22 to 24 million. thats basicly the same payout the saints were offering in the first 2 years without a big payout in years 4 or 5 now because of the tag. how big of a deal can he then get going on 37.The reality is barring injury he is the saints QB for the next 3 years regardless of what he and is agent want to do but he is hurting the team by locking up the franchise tag.

Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2012 8:02 pm

Brees taking care of Brees

Brees probably sees the writing on the wall.  This franchise is going to get hit real hard over the bounty issue and is not going to be good again for a long time.  If I was Brees, I wouldnt want to stay there long term either.

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: March 3, 2012 7:52 pm

Brees taking care of Brees

When being the highest payed player in the NFL isn't enough, then just franchise him, every year. Then, when he gets that injury that everybody on here is so afraid of, they can just cut him. That's fine. Now if every player decides the same thing, then you will have 32 players franchised every year, and 25-30 FA's from every team.
How anyone can defend this selfish so and so is beyond reason. If he wants the most money, go for it. Just never ever stand in front of any microphone and tell everyone what a team leader you are. And I hope the fans of the Saints are paying attention. Because when the Saints start to just make the playoffs, then just miss the playoffs, you can look at this as the defining moment. This is when it all started to go South. THEN you can remember Drew with all the fondness you want.

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