Saints quarterback Drew Brees said earlier this week that he’d like to get a contract extension this offseason, but understands that it may not be so easy. Brees’ contract runs out after the 2011 season.
“I would definitely want this to be done sooner than later,” Brees said via Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune this week. “But I also understand the process. So we’ll just wait and see.”
Triplett points out that part of the process could include waiting for Peyton Manning to set the market first. Brees and Manning share an agent — Tom Condon — and Manning’s deal is up first. It makes sense for Brees to wait for Manning to set a new ceiling, then likely slide somewhere underneath what Manning makes.
A new collective bargaining agreement will likely be required before any big money quarterback deals are signed.
Unlike the Seahawks wide receivers, Manning and Brees don’t need to take a short-term discount for a little more security during a work stoppage.