Tag:Drew Brees Contract
Posted on: December 24, 2011 12:54 pm
Edited on: December 24, 2011 1:27 pm

Casserly: Saints to tag Brees without new deal

By Will Brinson

Drew Brees and the Saints decided to put any long-term contract talks on hold until after the 2011 season, but that doesn't mean a new deal for Brees isn't still kicking it as the large, pink elephant in the corner of the room.

On Sunday, CBS Sports Charley Casserly reported that the two sides are still working on a deal, but if they can't reach one before free agency begins, the Saints will place the franchise tag on Brees, and that Brees will probably not report if/when that happens.

"He's a free agent at the end of this year and both sides would like to get a long-term deal done," Casserly reported on The NFL Today. "The Saints told me if one is not done by the start of free agency, they'll franchise him. I estimate that number will be between $14-15 million. The target for Brees? The Peyton Manning contract -- $18 million a year, but more importantly, $23.4 million over the first three years.

"If a long-term deal is not done, I would not be surprised if Brees does not show up for offseason and even training camp."

Brees, as we've previously noted, probably would've slotted somewhere between Manning/Tom Brady and Michael Vick when it comes to a long-term deal and the amount he'd make annually. That's if, of course, the Saints were negotiating with Brees before this season.

Instead New Orleans will now be trading numbers with Brees' agent Tom Condon as Brees comes off a season in which he broke Dan Marino's record for most passing yards in a single season (he's just 300-some yards shy).

That stands to make things expensive for the Saints, and if the team goes deep into the postseason this year, things won't get any cheaper. And it won't exactly the public relations nightmare they deal with if Brees holds out any easier either.

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Posted on: December 15, 2011 11:02 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2011 12:48 am

Brees: Contract talks 'tabled' until after season

By Will Brinson

A story that hasn't received much attention since the season began is the new contract that Saints need to get franchise quarterback Drew Brees. Figuring out how much Brees should get is a fairly easy exercise, as he figures to slot in between the $18 million a year that Tom Brady/Peyton Manning got and the $16 million that Michael Vick got this offseason.

However, things hit a snag, apparently, and Brees said that he and the Saints "tabled" any discussion of a new deal for now.

"You know, I didn't want it to become a distraction," Brees said, per Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "And from the discussions we had, going back and forth, there was no progress really being made. I really wanted to just focus on football.

"It's been tabled for now ... and just hopefully will resume when the time is right."

There doesn't appear to be any animosity between the two sides with respect to a new deal -- Saints GM Mickey Loomis indicated he's been in contact with Brees agent Tom Condon and said he was open to making a deal whenever it worked out.

More than likely, the season began and the negotiations never got wrapped up. Although that appears to be playing out in Brees favor, as his dominant, potentially record-breaking performance could end up netting him more cash.

The Saints still have the option of placing the franchise tag on Brees in the offseason, so they won't lose him, but it would be pretty surprising if New Orleans entered 2012 having not given Brees a new deal.

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Posted on: August 31, 2011 12:08 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2011 12:50 pm

Brees: Contract talks with Saints are 'ongoing'

Posted by Will Brinson

Drew Brees might not be the most popular guy with retired players, but he's certainly well-liked in New Orleans, thanks to his leading the Saints to a Super Bowl victory in 2009 and generally making them awesome ever since they signed him.

Brees contract is up after the 2011 season, so there's some concern about making sure he doesn't bounce from the bayou. Fortunately, the quarterback recently said that the Saints and his agent Tom Condon are in the process of working out the details.

"They've been in discussions," Brees said, per Nakia Hogan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "That's been ongoing."

The scrutiny around Brees' deal heated up primarily because of the recent six-year, $100 million deal that Philadelphia handed quarterback Michael Vick. Brees is, naturally, aware of that deal.

"I did see it," Brees said of Vick's deal. "It looks like a nice contract. Obviously I don't know any of the details other than the six years and $100 million."

And that's all we really need to know (although Vick may be making less than that). Peyton Manning got a five-year, $90 million deal from the Colts and Tom Brady also received $18 million a year with $78 million in total money for the life of the contract.

Brees, then, seems like a good bet to get something around and/or in between the $16-ish million a year Vick gets and the $18-ish million that Brady and Manning are scheduled to receive over the life of their extensions.

It doesn't hurt, of course, that Condon also represents Manning -- pretty clearly he's an agent who understands the relative market value of Brees more so than anyone else right now.

The Saints know that, which is it shouldn't take them all that long to lock down the 32-year-old for the remainder of his career.

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