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Brees will be “beyond stunned” if he and the Saints don’t make a deal

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Saints coach Sean Payton said this week that soon-to-be free agent quarterback Drew Brees will be back with the team. Today Brees said he agrees with that sentiment completely.

Brees told the Associated Press he would be “beyond stunned” if he and the Saints don’t reach an agreement on a contract extension.

It’s hard to imagine the Saints without Brees, and the Saints would surely use the franchise tag to keep Brees if that’s what they need to do. But that possibility at least raises the question of whether Brees would miss time in the offseason program while they’re hammering out the details of what could be the league’s most lucrative contract. So even though all sides agree that Brees will be back, that doesn’t mean it will be a painless offseason while they get the deal worked out.

Brees also said he hopes that his deal doesn’t prevent the Saints from re-signing other free agents, including guard Carl Nicks and receivers Marques Colston and Robert Meachem. That’s going to be a tall order: Colston won’t give the Saints a hometown discount, and Nicks is expected to leave.

So Brees will be back. But likely with less talent around him.

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43 Responses to “Brees will be “beyond stunned” if he and the Saints don’t make a deal”
  1. medtxpack says: Jan 20, 2012 12:40 PM

    well duh! it only took em 155 passes (three games) to break the record, PAY THE MAN!

  2. rpiotr01 says: Jan 20, 2012 12:42 PM

    The Jets are interested if the Saints can’t work it out.

  3. eaglesnoles05 says: Jan 20, 2012 12:43 PM

    Maybe the Dolphins wanna admit their mistake and get him…and randy moss… like they could have easily had years ago… haha, dolphins stupid.

  4. dukemarc says: Jan 20, 2012 12:45 PM

    This just in from Saints HQ, Tom Benson has been stretching and practicing grabbing his ankles.

    Just remember ‘Aints fans, Drew was one of the few players who wanted to be excluded from the Franchise tag for the rest of his career. He’s going to make Benson’s checkbook hurt, big time.

  5. mjbulls45 says: Jan 20, 2012 12:46 PM

    ev1 used to give Al Davis crud for paying his players…

    ummm, he PAYS his players,

    and thats a great thing, and is also why players across the league past, present, (and future) , loved him

    he took care of his own guys

    what else does Drew Brees have to do to get a new contract?

    win a ring with the hornets too?

  6. SadSchaub says: Jan 20, 2012 12:46 PM

    Perhaps… flabbergasted?

  7. CKL says: Jan 20, 2012 12:46 PM

    If he really feels that way he’ll put his money where his mouth is and take a little less so they can be signed IF the team wants to re-sign them (not always a given). I don’t blame players for wanting the most money someone is willing to pay them (It’s what most of us would want) but there are costs associated with that in a sport with a salary cap. Namely surrounding cast.

    His agent is ultra tough Condon though so I suspect we won’t want to see how the sausage is made on this deal.

  8. ProDolphinsTalk says: Jan 20, 2012 12:47 PM

    If they can’t sign Brees they can always go out and get Culpepper. It worked so magically for the FINS.

  9. mrgroovesd says: Jan 20, 2012 12:49 PM

    I saw him leave the Bolts and have come to grips that the Saints was a better fit for him…Saint’s, do not make the same mistake the Bolts did. Sign the man and give him what he deserves! He brought you a SB ring and broke many records this past year as a Saint. DO IT!!

  10. purplekoolaid1 says: Jan 20, 2012 12:50 PM

    Will he also be flabbergasted?

  11. godofwine330 says: Jan 20, 2012 12:51 PM

    This is the NFL in the salary cap era. Only your ability to draft will keep you from feeling the pain from losing one or multiple stars from your successful team. Poor teams will pillage your team thinking they can use a few of your parts to make them great-and those poor teams are usually willing to pay more. Some players’ elevated self-worth will cause them to leave. Some will not accept hometown discounted lowball offers. In the days of the NFL salary cap, since 1993, only the teams that draft well can stay on top because it is those teams who replace released/free agent veterans like sharks teeth (see the Pittsburgh Steelers)

  12. waxedagain says: Jan 20, 2012 12:52 PM

    I can understand why people want to be a sports writer. They learn that they don’t need to have any facts to write a column, and there is already a ton of specualtion to rehash. AND…you don’t have to give much thought to whatever you write.

  13. fittytuckin says: Jan 20, 2012 12:55 PM

    They need to fix that garbage defense.

  14. philwauke says: Jan 20, 2012 1:05 PM

    Brees isn’t going anywhere and it wouldn’t shock me if he took less to bring back the others. Also, don’t be so sure Nicks wants to leave.

  15. neauxgeaux44 says: Jan 20, 2012 1:07 PM

    dukemarc says:
    Jan 20, 2012 12:45 PM
    This just in from Saints HQ, Tom Benson has been stretching and practicing grabbing his ankles.

    Just remember ‘Aints fans, Drew was one of the few players who wanted to be excluded from the Franchise tag for the rest of his career. He’s going to make Benson’s checkbook hurt, big time.

    —————
    @dukemarc – how do you come up with such clever posts while flipping burgers at Varsity? Do your customers get mad when you hold up order taking to display your jealousy of the Saints? You are truly a loser….stay classy Failcants fan…

  16. ninefingers9 says: Jan 20, 2012 1:10 PM

    fittytuckin says:
    Jan 20, 2012 12:55 PM
    They need to fix that garbage defense.
    ———–
    Your thinking of the Packers! ;)

  17. hendawg21 says: Jan 20, 2012 1:17 PM

    I mean do you really believe he’ll be any other place than New Orleans when the season starts??? The Saints have been the league doormat for years and then came Brees arrival and they’ve been relevant however, if they blow this they could be headed back to the AINTS…

  18. hedleykow says: Jan 20, 2012 1:19 PM

    Makes one wonder why ownership didn’t install a speed bump in the way of Brees smashing all the passing records during garbage time plays this year. They’ll pay for that oversight.

  19. havok82 says: Jan 20, 2012 1:20 PM

    Brees isn’t getting younger. He should pounce on a good deal now and get paid his due. He is clearly a HOF caliber QB and should be paid like it. That being said, they better hope they can find some defense out there in free agency or the draft. It would be a shame to waste his prime years left with the gaping axe wound that is that defense. Spags coming in to town will help. The man is a very good coordinator.

  20. dutchmaster91 says: Jan 20, 2012 1:22 PM

    eaglesnoles05 says: Jan 20, 2012 12:43 PM

    Maybe the Dolphins wanna admit their mistake and get him…and randy moss… like they could have easily had years ago… haha, dolphins stupid.
    ———————————————————————–

    How about no more talking about the Dolphins passing on Brees if you don’t understand what actually happened.

    The reality is that Brees was a pretty big disappointment with the Chargers. Which is why they drafted Rivers. There’s a reason they let him walk. The medical staff said Brees was the bigger risk. You can’t pin that on Saban or the FO. When Miami went with Culpepper instead, Brees’ only other option was with the Saints. Were those two teams the only ones that needed a quarterback that offseason? No. Brees was a huge risk and the only team that wanted him was New Orleans. If it weren’t for his current condition at the time, he would have had other options. The Saints had the option of getting out of the deal easily one year in — because they were so worried. It wasn’t the Dolphins that passed on Brees. The entire league passed on him. They all passed on him with good reason. The recovery he made, and the success he’s had, couldn’t have been predicted by anyone. And the Saints are no exception. As a Dolphins fan, it’s frustrating when people complain about not signing Brees. No one made any mistake at the time.

  21. 2sausage11 says: Jan 20, 2012 1:28 PM

    Without Brees I see the “WHO DAT” brown bags coming out

  22. ProDolphinsTalk says: Jan 20, 2012 1:42 PM

    Hey @dutchmaster91 the Dolphins passed on Brees and it was a mistake. If that’s not a fact maybe you can write us another novel explaining it further.

  23. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 20, 2012 1:44 PM

    So what Brees is saying is that he’ll take less than the max value he can get on the open market to stay in New Orleans, and that he’ll possibly reduce that amount even further if the money is used to sign the other players he wants to see back.

    Or…. it’s just a line of bull, he wants the max value no matter how it limits the team in re-signing other players and this is all to make the fans feel like he’s not trying to rape the team.

  24. rc33 says: Jan 20, 2012 1:45 PM

    It’ll get done because simply it’s impossible to imagine the Saints without Brees.
    Imagine Benson trying to tell the residents of New Orleans that he’s leaving.
    Brees and his family would drive out of town in their SUV.
    Benson would leave town in a hearse. Alone.

    Better get ready to ante up; Brady got 4 years and $78 million with FIFTY of that coming in the first 13 months.

  25. dutchmaster91 says: Jan 20, 2012 1:51 PM

    ProDolphinsTalk says: Jan 20, 2012 1:42 PM

    Hey @dutchmaster91 the Dolphins passed on Brees and it was a mistake. If that’s not a fact maybe you can write us another novel explaining it further.
    ———————————————————–

    Maybe you could actually rebuttal my points. I guess you can’t, so that’s cool.

  26. mikeeg says: Jan 20, 2012 1:54 PM

    Imagine how much he would be worth, if every stadium was a dome?!?!?!

  27. medtxpack says: Jan 20, 2012 2:05 PM

    dutuchmaster91 is Jeff Ireland in real life.

  28. 2sausage11 says: Jan 20, 2012 2:09 PM

    what else does Drew Brees have to do to get a new contract?
    Try not losing on the road in the playoffs or outdoors

  29. binkystevens says: Jan 20, 2012 2:15 PM

    Brees is such a great guy, just ask him. And how about that conflicting statement of hoping the team can pay Nicks, Colston, etc. (nice guy…) while concurrently demanding a huge, multi-year deal. Something’s gotta give big guy. And let’s not forget he wanted to be immune from the franchise tag. Wow such a great leader!

  30. dukemarc says: Jan 20, 2012 2:16 PM

    neauxgeaux44 says: Jan 20, 2012 1:07 PM

    —————
    @dukemarc – how do you come up with such clever posts while flipping burgers at Varsity? Do your customers get mad when you hold up order taking to display your jealousy of the Saints? You are truly a loser….stay classy Failcants fan…
    ————————————-

    There’s that NOLA educational system failing you once again – what could have possibly led you to believe I was a Falcons fan? You’re wrong, obviously, just as you are wrong about Brees and his intentions to take every last dollar he can from whoever will pay it to him. Just rember how he vehemently defending the players and their rights to be greedy pigs this summer.

    Love that Varsity though….

  31. musicman495 says: Jan 20, 2012 2:31 PM

    Maybe you could actually rebuttal my points. I guess you can’t, so that’s cool.
    ————————————
    First off, to “rebuttal” your points Brees was not a disappointment in San Diego, he just had a coach and general manager who did not have enough sense to know that he was better than an over the hill Doug Flutie. They then drafted Rivers 1+ years into Brees’s tenure, but Rivers held out in a contract dispute. So all Brees did was get himself selected to the Pro Bowl as a Charger in 2004.

    As for the episode involving the Saints and Dolphins, maybe you could read Brees’s book about all of this and inform yourself of the facts. The Saints were not afraid of Brees’s shoulder once they heard from the premier orthopedist in the country that he would be fine. The Saints did not make the shoulder a part of the negotiations, and put no strings on his contract, as the Dolphins tried to do, which is why he signed with New Orleans.

  32. roamingabriel says: Jan 20, 2012 2:32 PM

    Yes Saints, pay him whatever he wants!

    What I want to see is Colston in a Rams helmet!

  33. philyeagles5 says: Jan 20, 2012 2:39 PM

    he doesnt wanna lose talent, but i bet he wont give up anything to keep that talent.

  34. dutchmaster91 says: Jan 20, 2012 2:41 PM

    medtxpack says: Jan 20, 2012 2:05 PM

    dutuchmaster91 is Jeff Ireland in real life.
    —————————————————————–
    You’re aware Ireland wasn’t with the Dolphins when this decision was made, right?

  35. bringbacktheflex says: Jan 20, 2012 2:41 PM

    They should let him go. They won their SB, now start to rebuild. I watched the Cowboys keep Aikman and try to prop up the team for another run, but they needed to rebuild and they delayed that thinking they had enough pieces left. Let Brees walk or take a much lighter incentive based contract and use the money to beign the rebuilding process.

    If not, they are going to end up like Indy – a high paid QB and not much else.

  36. jeremycrowhurst says: Jan 20, 2012 2:49 PM

    The Saints did Colston a pretty big favor when they drafted him as a WR, instead of TE (his position in college). That’s meant several million dollars extra to him already.

    But, I guess he has his ring, so he just wants to cash out and play for whatever crap organization will overpay him the most.

  37. dexterismyhero says: Jan 20, 2012 2:51 PM

    Hopefully he is stunned.

  38. lilrob10201 says: Jan 20, 2012 4:19 PM

    More flabbergasted then Tiki.

  39. medtxpack says: Jan 20, 2012 4:29 PM

    doesnt really matter dutchmaster91, haha, hes been trying to fix the past and present for a while now.

  40. rayguyreturns says: Jan 20, 2012 5:01 PM

    To: Saints Management
    From: A fan with no dog in this race (sorry to the Vick fans)

    Do you want to be remembered as the Sandy Eggo Chargers (south). You know, the team that dumped Brees in the first place? Don’t repeat that team’s mistake.

    I would take Brees any day, no matter who my QB was. First class guy and a first class player.

  41. geauxmez says: Jan 20, 2012 6:05 PM

    Its nice having a QB that cares about the city he plays for.

  42. dutchmaster91 says: Jan 20, 2012 11:33 PM

    Maybe you could actually rebuttal my points. I guess you can’t, so that’s cool.
    ————————————
    First off, to “rebuttal” your points Brees was not a disappointment in San Diego, he just had a coach and general manager who did not have enough sense to know that he was better than an over the hill Doug Flutie. They then drafted Rivers 1+ years into Brees’s tenure, but Rivers held out in a contract dispute. So all Brees did was get himself selected to the Pro Bowl as a Charger in 2004.

    As for the episode involving the Saints and Dolphins, maybe you could read Brees’s book about all of this and inform yourself of the facts. The Saints were not afraid of Brees’s shoulder once they heard from the premier orthopedist in the country that he would be fine. The Saints did not make the shoulder a part of the negotiations, and put no strings on his contract, as the Dolphins tried to do, which is why he signed with New Orleans.
    —————————————————
    His contract with the Saints included $10 million guaranteed. Entering the second year of his deal, he had a $12 million dollar option. He could have been cut for free, as the $10 million was paid the first year. So yeah, they did have an out in the contract, despite what Brees’ book suggests.

    And Brees had one or two solid seasons with the Chargers. Overall, his numbers were pretty pedestrian with San Diego though.

    There is a reason only New Orleans and Miami were interested that offseason. You can’t possibly tell me those were the only two teams in need of a QB that offseason.

  43. iplaybad says: Jan 21, 2012 4:49 AM

    Brees has given the Saints crazy value. As a franchise, the Saints are now a marketable property on a national level when they were not so before. Brees’ arrival was the reason for this transformation. Not many Pro Bowl QBs hit the FA market. The Dolphins not having better ortho people was a major boon for Alabama. Saban is likely still there and the AFC East is even more competitive.

    Colston has far outperformed his contract. He has been making 7th round pick money. Again, the value he gave to NO far exceeded his original compensation. His business is his body. He probably has this contract and maybe one more left. He can set up his family forever with this deal. Wouldn’t you?

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