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Brees’ brilliant approach gives him cover with the fan base

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Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma bumped Saints quarterback Drew Brees out of the spotlight on Thursday by filing suit against Commissioner Roger Goodell.  But Brees deserves a bit more attention for what was, in hindsight, a brilliant decision to appeal to the fan base by making it clear that he’s not under contract because the team won’t engage him in negotiations.

At first, I viewed Brees’ remarks as a sign of weakness, an expression of a too-strong desire to get a deal done so that he can join his teammates for offseason workouts.  And so by simply standing back and keeping their arms folded, the Saints would eventually crack Brees’ will.  Potentially.

With Saints’ fans adopting a full-blown “us against them” bunker mentality, they soon may regard Brees as one of “them” if he fails to get into the bunker.  But now that Brees has may it clear that he’s ready to climb into the bunker and that the team is keeping the door shut, the fans may be more likely to blame the team than Brees for the failure to get this worked out before the lauch of Organized Team Activities next week.

For more (or maybe just more of the same), here’s some stuff I said about it on Thursday’s PFT Live.

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28 Responses to “Brees’ brilliant approach gives him cover with the fan base”
  1. sb44champs says: May 18, 2012 2:40 PM

    Queue the ‘Drew wants an explanation’ garbage!!

  2. weareluckytohavemikeflorio says: May 18, 2012 2:41 PM

    Brees is headed for politics would be my guess.
    he comes to town talking about rebuilding this, doing that, when in actuality New Orleans was the ONLY team to give him serious money based on his shoulder injury.
    now he led them to a superbowl and is trying to take bigtime advantage of NO at just the right time, when the GM and the coach arent going to be there,therefore making mr brees ‘mo important’.
    he talks one game about loving NO and such and now wants to hold them hostage because they only want to give him 19.5 mill for 3 to 5 yrs.
    Drew, thanks for finally showing your true self to the fans of NO and the rest of football.
    You are no different than Peyton Manning, trying to drain the horse that feeds you and leaving it without enough cash to provide rations for the rest of the troops.
    i mean come on dude.

  3. JC says: May 18, 2012 2:41 PM

    Drew Brees has ruined any credibility he had left after the “one” incident prior to kickoff 2 years ago. No one thinks he has any class or cares about anyone other than himself. One of the best QB’s in the league though will help fans get over that quick.

  4. mattyk72 says: May 18, 2012 2:44 PM

    Pay the man

  5. blacknole08 says: May 18, 2012 2:46 PM

    The Saints organization can only blame themselves if they alienate their fanbase by not re-signing Brees. Brees clearly deserves to be the highest paid quarterback in the NFL.

  6. sbdt says: May 18, 2012 2:52 PM

    Saints fans have been upset with the lack of a contract since well before the bounty investigation. It was aggravating last season and it’s DEFINITELY aggravating this season. I think we’ve all been in the “How in the h3ll have they not signed him yet?” camp for months. And months.

    As for the dude saying Drew did nothing for the city, while I usually embrace good ol’ “hater” comments and the banter that goes along with being a football fan, I think it’s important in this instance to just point out that you’re wrong, you have no information, and you sound like a fool.

    And no one needs an explanation.

  7. Michael says: May 18, 2012 2:59 PM

    JC, what is the ‘one’ incident you are referring to?

  8. crabboil says: May 18, 2012 3:02 PM

    sbdt-

    Tell it like it is, brother.

  9. queenlivekillers says: May 18, 2012 3:03 PM

    Brees had the P.R. advantage the minute Saints management balked at giving him a long term deal. What else does one have to do to earn such a deal with the franchise he helped resurrect? Before Brees, N.O. Fans thought the Mora regime was as good as it got. Brees brought the the Lombardi Trophy. Now more than ever the Saints need stability and some positive momentum. As an earlier comment stated: Pay the man

  10. fijabbersman345 says: May 18, 2012 3:03 PM

    “Although Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma bumped Saints quarterback Drew Brees out of the spotlight on Thursday by filing suit against Commissioner Roger Goodell.”

    Was that supposed to be a sentence?

  11. dcsween says: May 18, 2012 3:06 PM

    Wait, you mean that Brees is treating this like its a LOCKOUT? I wonder where he got that idea.

    I also agree with fijiabbermans345. That thing starting this entry and ending with a period is a clause at best.

  12. dlc618 says: May 18, 2012 3:09 PM

    Give Chase a chance…Brees has gotten too big for his Breeches.

  13. kokomike says: May 18, 2012 3:12 PM

    I want an explanation…from Brees, the team leader and Captain.

    Did you ever hear anything about what was going on in the defense meeting rooms?

    As Captain, along with Vilma, did you ever talk about motivation of players on offense and defense?

    Regarding Payton and his stated desire for the defense to be nasty, did you ever hear about how that was managed by the defense?

    Have you ever talked with defense coaches or anyone on defense?

    Are you completely ignorant?

    Why?

  14. bayoubauer says: May 18, 2012 3:14 PM

    weareluckytohavemikeflorio says:
    May 18, 2012 2:41 PM
    Brees is headed for politics would be my guess.
    he comes to town talking about rebuilding this, doing that, when in actuality New Orleans was the ONLY team to give him serious money based on his shoulder injury.
    now he led them to a superbowl and is trying to take bigtime advantage of NO at just the right time, when the GM and the coach arent going to be there,therefore making mr brees ‘mo important’.
    he talks one game about loving NO and such and now wants to hold them hostage because they only want to give him 19.5 mill for 3 to 5 yrs.
    Drew, thanks for finally showing your true self to the fans of NO and the rest of football.
    You are no different than Peyton Manning, trying to drain the horse that feeds you and leaving it without enough cash to provide rations for the rest of the troops.
    i mean come on dude.

    So……..you’re in on all the contract negotiations? Got an insider feeding you info?

    I’ve lived in Louisiana, and been a Saints fan all my life, and the Saints were never relevant until this guy got here. I understand the point of needing to have money to keep the rest of the team competitive, but if the Saints don’t have Brees, no one is under the impression that Chase Daniels will take this team anywhere.
    He is bar none, the greatest player in the history of this franchise, and by all accounts, a pretty good guy.
    Open up the checkbook, get it done, and we have as good a shot as any team in the league, to hoist the Lombardi in 2013.

  15. rcali says: May 18, 2012 3:26 PM

    Kind of tough, like a lot of players, Brees wants that end of career contract that always seems to bite teams in the behind. Saints know he’s one bounty hit away from an end of career injury.

  16. dcsween says: May 18, 2012 3:28 PM

    dlc618 says:
    May 18, 2012 3:09 PM

    Give Chase a chance

    >>> Height, schmeight, he could be the next, um, Drew Brees.

  17. neemdaddy13 says: May 18, 2012 4:00 PM

    Poor me. I have made upwards of 50 million dollars in my career, and now that they won’t buckle and give me exactly what I want, they are keeping me out. Sounds like a child to me. Brees will be exposed this year without the playcalling of Payton. Just watch.

  18. tialen says: May 18, 2012 4:00 PM

    Brees, just “retire” and go to a team that wants you next year. You can spend this year making a few million in an ESPN booth somewhere.

  19. bozorocks says: May 18, 2012 4:01 PM

    Drew Brees seems so low class at this point, who cares.

  20. gln9213 says: May 18, 2012 4:07 PM

    Don’t pay the man.

  21. thetooloftools says: May 18, 2012 4:12 PM

    Right now “Saints Management” is an oxymoran. I think it is a rudderless ship that has no direction on where it may be headed. It’s a grease fire.

  22. granadafan says: May 18, 2012 5:02 PM

    What’s a starting QB worth to a franchise?
    What’s a pro bowl QB worth to a franchise?
    What’s an elite QB worth to a franchise?
    What’s a top 3 QB who is a great leader worth to a franchise?
    What’s a guy who gives back to the community and is the face of the team worth to a franchise?

    Do the Saints really want to lose a leader like Brees for jerking him around over a couple million? The Saints seem to have forgetten the lean decades of the Aints and what an embarassment they were to pro sports.

  23. mediasloppy says: May 18, 2012 6:36 PM

    Brees has it made. The fans want him to be the highest paid player ever and the owner has to bend over and pay the man.

  24. dmp5687 says: May 18, 2012 7:41 PM

    Saints fan here. This is the way to look at this…for a couple of million a year (paid by a billionaire, you know how many million he has?), the Saints get to lock up their BEST PLAYER EVER for another four or five years. The result of which will be that thousands of Saints fans, such as myself, don’t tell the team to eff off and never watch another game.

  25. stanklepoot says: May 18, 2012 8:04 PM

    bozorocks says: May 18, 2012 4:01 PM

    Drew Brees seems so low class at this point, who cares.
    ___________________________________
    Low class my…to keep it clean, let’s say backside. Drew is a professional athlete. This is his job, not a hobby. He has the right to try and negotiate the best deal he can get, and in Drew’s case he’s certainly earned it. I have absolutely no doubt that no matter what Brees’ contract ends up looking like, he’s already made the Saints much more money than they’ll be paying him.

    Besides, too many people seem to forget a really important fact. Drew isn’t holding out. He’s not under contract. Technically speaking, at present Brees is not a member of the Saints organization. The Saints using the exclusive franchise tag on him simply means that he is prevented from negotiating a deal with any other team. It doesn’t mean that he is currently answerable to the Saints. He has the right to sign or not sign any offer (including the franchise tag) that the Saints might make. I don’t blame Brees for not wanting to sign the franchise tag offer or go into the season without a long term deal. He’s been down that road before with the Chargers, and it almost ended his career.

    Brees has been a team player all along, and he’s more than proven his worth to the team with both his on field performance and off field popularity. In all likelihood, this will be the last contract Brees does as a player. He should make sure that it’s the right contract. The irony here is that the Saints are lowballing Brees for one reason only: they think that he’s too devoted to his teammates and the fans to miss any games or even training camp because of contract issues. In other words, they’re trying to screw him over because they see him as exactly the kind of player and team leader that every team is looking for. That’s just messed up.

  26. cowboyscanada says: May 18, 2012 10:59 PM

    Bree’s lied about his knowledge of Bountygate. Who cares about what he does? Certainly not most of the NFL fans.

  27. labratre says: May 19, 2012 5:24 AM

    Shut up idiots, he deserves the money. I am a die hard Saints fan, have been my whole life. Now, this is the man who came in and finally not only got us to the Super Bowl, but, won it for us. PAY DA MAN, GIVE HIM WHATEVER HE WANTS! He deserves the key to the city!

  28. CKL says: May 19, 2012 10:09 AM

    To all the “give him whatever he wants” people, I sure wish I were a top contractor and I was bidding for a job for your home. Oh wait, that’s YOUR money then? No deal? You want to negotiate the rate? You want to look at cheaper alternatives? I’m a jerk for refusing to negotiate my rate despite a really good offer from you? Oh well. Everybody loves to spend other people’s money freely, I’ll leave it at that.

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