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Saints quarterback Drew Brees has accused the team of having no sense of urgency when it comes to negotiating a long-term deal.  Some Saints fans definitely have a sense of urgency.

A group of the fleur-de-lis faithful have set up a website, FansStepUp.com, which seeks donations aimed at bridging the gap between whatever the Saints are offering Brees and whatever Brees wants.

Through Tuesday, the effort had raised $738.09.  (I see what whoever added the nine cents did there.)

On one hand, it’s an admirable reflection of the devotion of fans who simply want the deal to be done.  On the other hand, it’s a ridiculous exercise in taking money from the have-lesses and giving more to the have-plentys.  Brees can get $16.371 million for one season, right now.  The existence of the actual gap between the long-terms proposals isn’t known, but it will be at least $16.371 million per year.  And both sides are making ends meet.

Besides, the Saints surely are more concerned about the salary cap than the cash flow.  If they give too much to Brees (regardless of where the cash comes from), they’ll have less to give to other players.

So where is this heading?  Could Brees actually sit out the entire season?  I’m glad you asked, because I already spent a few minutes babbling about the issue on PFT Live.

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59 Responses to “Saints fans set up website to fund Brees contract”
  1. mavajo says: May 30, 2012 2:13 PM

    And people call Packer fans dumb for buying a piece of paper. Okay, maybe they’re both dumb.

  2. bearsrulepackdrool says: May 30, 2012 2:17 PM

    There were two fans in attendance at Monday’s WWE Raw in New Orleans who held up two signs that said “Pay” & “Brees”

  3. 5150cd says: May 30, 2012 2:17 PM

    Just when you thought Saints fans couldn’t be dumber…

  4. kidpresentable says: May 30, 2012 2:18 PM

    Any Saints fan who donates to this is not allowed to make fun of a Packer fan for buying “stock.”

  5. cakemixa says: May 30, 2012 2:18 PM

    Just when I think Saints fans can’t do anything dumber…

  6. 69jaredallen69 says: May 30, 2012 2:18 PM

    Just when you thought Saints fans could not look anymore delusional this off season they go ahead and do this lol

  7. abninf says: May 30, 2012 2:19 PM

    I guess he shouldn’t have sued his owner during the lockout.

  8. jbpanthers says: May 30, 2012 2:19 PM

    Yeah, I’m not gonna pay for a guy’s contract who’s already a freaking millionaire.

  9. tommyf15 says: May 30, 2012 2:19 PM

    The WWE’s Monday Night Raw was broadcast from New Orleans two days ago, and there must have been two dozen “PAY BREES” signs in the crowd that were shown on camera.

  10. pickleman77 says: May 30, 2012 2:23 PM

    This doesn’t happen too often, but I’m speechless. Anyone who would contribute a PENNY to this effort needs to go to a mental hospital, right after they commence getting a life.

  11. bdawk20 says: May 30, 2012 2:23 PM

    Are you kidding me Saints fans???? If anything, this should make Brees and the Saints feel foolish. It’s nice symbolism and all, but greed should not be rewarded with generosity from those who make fractions of what Brees makes and the Saints pay players.

  12. barbeaux says: May 30, 2012 2:24 PM

    The fans shouldn’t be paying this again. They already do through buying tickets and gear. The team needs to do the right thing, and pay him his due. He’s the best QB the Saints have ever had. He’s one of the true elite QBs currently in the NFL.

  13. patmcrotch says: May 30, 2012 2:25 PM

    Wow, New Orleans is worse than I thought. Why not put that effort into a non-profit to actually help people in need rather than somebody who already has everything. Coaches, players and now fans have all shown how selfish they are this off season. Who cares if you win any games from now on, I would say the Saints image has forever been tarnished.

  14. msjakeman2 says: May 30, 2012 2:30 PM

    I don’t think he’ll set out the season, but if he does he will lose a lot of his die hard fans and yes I’m one of them, I will not be giving any money to the fund, come on $16.371 million, he really really needs to think about his team, They need him big time now. Can I say one more time $16.371 million that’s not exactly chump change. Come on Drew…man up!!!

  15. kacapaco says: May 30, 2012 2:36 PM

    Nothing against Saints & am just wondering, isn’t this a way to circumvent the salary cap placed to ensure competition? If this is allowed, won’t it open a door for rich fans to sway competitive balance?

  16. billobrienschindimple says: May 30, 2012 2:37 PM

    Yeah. Don’t invest in the crumbling education system, don’t help the impoverished in and around NO, don’t donate to the families of those who have been injured in service to our country.

    Nope, donate to a crybaby millionaire. I really hate the people in this country sometimes.

  17. citizenstrange says: May 30, 2012 2:37 PM

    This is the exact right way to go about it.

    If football fans want to give money to millionaires and billionaire they should be able to do it.

    Just don’t FORCE taxpayers — who could care less about making football millionaires and billionaires even richer and are more concerned with education, healthcare and infrastructure — to give THEIR money to football millionaires and billionaires.

    I bet Fans.Step.Up.com fund doesn’t reach the $500 million that Wilf got for free.

  18. acdc84 says: May 30, 2012 2:37 PM

    Every penny collected for this “charitable cause” should go to a Katrina victim that is still suffering. God knows there are still plenty of those.

  19. busterdog1 says: May 30, 2012 2:38 PM

    It is the same old owner who never want’s to pay people. He has never had a player like that so know they don’t know what to do. Afraid to pay because he might get hurt, but it was ok when played for almost nothing. Wait tell D day comes and he sits out someone will pick him up next year. Who want’s a real quarter back?????
    Watch he lost Bobby Hebert years ago.

  20. paulitik74 says: May 30, 2012 2:40 PM

    Let’s face it, of all the places in the New Orleans that could use some charitable contributions, Drew Brees’ wallet is the most deserving.

    Never mind the conditions in the 9th ward, the poverty, the ridiculous drug and alcohol addiction, the public education system, illiteracy, the constant smell of urine and puke in the Quarter, paying the QB for the most corrupt team in professional sports history is by far Priority #1 down on the Bayou.

    Go ahead get those checkbooks out Ain’ts! I hear Brees will take Food Stamps too.

  21. goodellgate says: May 30, 2012 2:43 PM

    Stop talking about “Saints fans”. This thing got just $738.09 including $500 by the guy who set up the thing.

    We also think that this is a stupid idea.

  22. canadianvikingfaniii says: May 30, 2012 2:44 PM

    Saints fans reach a new low. How about you set that fund to help those in need in your city or state. Instead you’d rather spend it on a millionaire who will be paid either way. In N.O. or by another team.

  23. pnthrz1 says: May 30, 2012 2:45 PM

    SMH This is either a money grab by the people behind the site or just plain ignorance to the way things work with NFL contracts.
    Here’s hoping they donate the money to a good cause that will help the people of New Orleans.

  24. pturner81 says: May 30, 2012 2:45 PM

    Someone needs to donate 60 cents

  25. xxwhodatxx says: May 30, 2012 2:52 PM

    patmcrotch says:
    May 30, 2012 2:25 PM
    Wow, New Orleans is worse than I thought. Why not put that effort into a non-profit to actually help people in need rather than somebody who already has everything. Coaches, players and now fans have all shown how selfish they are this off season. Who cares if you win any games from now on, I would say the Saints image has forever been tarnished.

     —–

    Do you think any Saints fan cares if other teams fans think the Saints are “tarnished”?? We could care less about your or anyone else’s opinion on the matter.

  26. contra74 says: May 30, 2012 3:02 PM

    kidpresentable says:May 30, 2012 2:18 PM

    Any Saints fan who donates to this is not allowed to make fun of a Packer fan for buying “stock.”
    —–
    No, you can still make fun of Packer fans who bought stock. I mean come on, the Packer fans seriously believe they own the team by going out of their way to cough up $250. Thats hilarious and fans across many different sports laugh at that.

  27. mediasloppy says: May 30, 2012 3:03 PM

    Hard to believe how lofty some people feel towards players. There is nothing wrong with that, but in some cases it’s just ridiculous.

  28. tommyf15 says: May 30, 2012 3:04 PM

    patmcrotch says: Wow, New Orleans is worse than I thought. Why not put that effort into a non-profit to actually help people in need rather than somebody who already has everything.

    No offense, but why not put your time and effort into helping people in need rather than complaining about a farcical website?

  29. atwatercrushesokoye says: May 30, 2012 3:07 PM

    Jonathon Vilma will pay the first $10,000

  30. paulrg77 says: May 30, 2012 3:13 PM

    I’m the last one to criticize people for not donating their hard earned money to charity if they don’t have the means to do so. But anyone who can afford to contribute to a star football player who will make more money can he could ever spend rather than, say, a children’s hospital or cancer research, needs to get their head checked. I’m a rabid NFL fan and am all for supporting my team, but c’mon people – priorities!!

  31. sb44champs says: May 30, 2012 3:16 PM

    I know… because Saints fans love their QB and are trying anything to help the situation, they are the dumbest, idiotic fans that ever graced the planet. You are ALL LOSERS… Obviously jealous losers at that, lol!!!!

  32. CKL says: May 30, 2012 3:17 PM

    @ citizenstrange,
    I agree. Taxpayers funding a stadium especially with no vote in the matter is basically theft.

    If some people want to be dopey enough to make that gesture for Brees with their own money they actually earned from working, I can (and do) laugh but it’s their dime.

  33. ghlatty says: May 30, 2012 3:17 PM

    Yeah, I think its kinda cheesy (no offense packer fans) but maybe it will shame both sides into getting the deal done. Brees should be paid but he can’t wreck the team doing it and the Saints do have cap issues. Anyway, the money will ultimately go to the Brees foundation charity as there is no way he will be able to take accept it.

  34. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: May 30, 2012 3:29 PM

    Wow…Aints fans are giving Donkey fans a run for their money as the dumbest fan base in America.

  35. sb44champs says: May 30, 2012 3:29 PM

    “Saints fans reach a new low.”
    —————————-
    Yeah right, this is coming from a Vikings fan so please disregard, lol!!!

  36. pjgbdt1 says: May 30, 2012 3:30 PM

    Here’s a better idea, for everybody who isnt a Saints fan: Donate $0.01 through PayPal with your Visa card. The simple interchange charges associated with accepting credit cards will cost the person starting the site more than they actually generate and will put this thing out of business, or force this idiot to shut down in no time. Cmon people, get out your Visas, even better if it is a debit card, as the per transaction fee is $.22, and donate 0.01. This guy will never get the scratch together.

  37. whodatgirl1 says: May 30, 2012 3:34 PM

    The article doesn’t mention that the money is going to his charity.

  38. benacci says: May 30, 2012 3:34 PM

    Man, why didn’t us Colts fans think about doing this to keep Peyton!

  39. whodatgirl1 says: May 30, 2012 3:36 PM

    Packers fan are dumb for buying nothing, but this is a different situation. The packer thing is gain revenue and the other is a charity.

  40. jcbadger34 says: May 30, 2012 3:36 PM

    contra74 says: May 30, 2012 3:02 PM

    No, you can still make fun of Packer fans who bought stock. I mean come on, the Packer fans seriously believe they own the team by going out of their way to cough up $250. Thats hilarious and fans across many different sports laugh at that.
    —————

    As part of the new Vikings Stadium deal, the City of Minneapolis will have to pay at least $678 million over the 30 year lease deal, to cover construction and operation costs, among other things.

    The City of Minneapolis has a population of about 382,000.

    If you do the math, that comes out to each resident of Minneapolis paying an average of about $1,775 for the new stadium, regardless of whether or not they’re even Vikings fans, let alone whether or not they’d want to contribute to the stadium. (Obviously, I know this number is inflated as it doesn’t take into account taxes from businesses. I’m just trying to keep it simplistic. Either way, it’s definitely more than the $250 those Packers fans paid for stock).

    That also doesn’t take into account the over $300 million the State of Minnesota is throwing into the stadium as well. And this is the same for nearly every new stadium, as self-financing is quite rare.

    So……you still want to make fun of Packers fans voluntarily giving $250 to their team…..while fans of other teams are having more than $250 taken out of their taxes against their will?

  41. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 30, 2012 3:42 PM

    As I suspected, there is little discernible difference between Packer fans and Saints fans.

  42. vikingamericann says: May 30, 2012 3:43 PM

    This is one of those times when you should not believe everything you read. Do a little fact checking. This fund is setup by a well off lawyer as a tongue and cheek way of shaming Brees. Remember canned quote ” it’s not about the money”. We should have done this for Ziggy. Oh wait we will when we get our Tax Bill.

  43. kidpresentable says: May 30, 2012 3:49 PM

    “No, you can still make fun of Packer fans who bought stock. I mean come on, the Packer fans seriously believe they own the team by going out of their way to cough up $250. Thats hilarious and fans across many different sports laugh at that.”

    …Says the fan of a team whose new boondoggle stadium will put its state further in debt when electronic pull tabs fail to take anyone beyond 60-year-old, chain-smoking, bar hags by storm.

    I put “stock” in quotes as it’s really a voluntary donation to help the team do things like renovate their stadium without sticking it to the taxpayers. You will be hard-pressed to find one “stock-holder” who doesn’t refer to his or herself as an owner without their tongue planted firmly in cheek.

    Donating to the Drew Brees cause is foolish because: A. fans pay for his salary anyway, B. he’s not going anywhere, and C. neither are the Saints this year – no matter how delusional some of their fans might be.

  44. jakek2 says: May 30, 2012 3:49 PM

    This “joke” has predictably gone right over all you dopes’ heads. Saints’ fans are just showing how ridiculous and greedy Brees is being. Guarantee that somewhere on the site is fine print that says all money will be donated to charity.

  45. zillabeast says: May 30, 2012 3:57 PM

    Aints fans have good reason to be scared. If they lose Brees it’s back to the dark ages for a decade. Maybe even throw an 0-16 in there.

  46. brgastelum says: May 30, 2012 4:10 PM

    4.5 fans putting in their $0.02.

  47. sb44champs says: May 30, 2012 4:13 PM

    paulrg77: I’m the last one to criticize people for not donating their hard earned money to charity if they don’t have the means to do so. But anyone who can afford to contribute to a star football player who will make more money can he could ever spend rather than, say, a children’s hospital or cancer research, needs to get their head checked. I’m a rabid NFL fan and am all for supporting my team, but c’mon people – priorities!!
    ————————-
    Hey paulrg77, I bet that if your favorite team/QB was faced with the same dilemma that you would be one of the first to donate to the fund that will be going to charity. Hypocrite!!!!

  48. nolarules says: May 30, 2012 4:14 PM

    am I no longer allowed to call other posters bed wetters when they can’t even get the joke that is right in front of them? this guy and his 739 dollars (500 of which is his) definitely represents all Saints fans. And he is doing it as a joke to make Drew Brees look selfish. but your posters fell for it….. oh and apparently, you fell for it too Florio.

  49. sb44champs says: May 30, 2012 4:25 PM

    As I suspected, there is little discernible difference between Packer fans and Saints fans.
    ———————————
    Yeah, it’s called being DIE-HARD fans… something this site is not accustomed to, lol!

  50. dallasfan89 says: May 30, 2012 4:44 PM

    If players can’t circumvent the salary cap through bounties than it looks the like fans will attempt to try it anyways.

  51. bskarter4 says: May 30, 2012 5:40 PM

    From the “About” section of the site”

    “It will be his decision to accept this BONUS; however, even should he decide that our gesture is not necessary and kindly reject it, the funds will go to his Brees Dream Foundation. It is a no lose proposition.”

    It’s amazing what you can learn when you read a little.

  52. northlawhodat says: May 30, 2012 6:03 PM

    Thank you bskarter4,

    There is no way that Brees would accept it. I think the lawyer would have went further with Brees had he said it would go to the Brees Dream Foundation instead of offering it to him. When I read it, I took from it that the lawyer fan was doing it to put into Benson & Loomis’s faces. Not Drew Brees. I sure hope a deal gets done soon myself. All you Saints haters, get a life and you won’t be clicking on every blog that mentions the Saints. See ya this fall when it matters! WHO DAT!

  53. contra74 says: May 30, 2012 6:07 PM

    jcbadger34 says:May 30, 2012 3:36 PM

    contra74 says: May 30, 2012 3:02 PM

    No, you can still make fun of Packer fans who bought stock. I mean come on, the Packer fans seriously believe they own the team by going out of their way to cough up $250. Thats hilarious and fans across many different sports laugh at that.
    —————

    As part of the new Vikings Stadium deal, the City of Minneapolis will have to pay at least $678 million over the 30 year lease deal, to cover construction and operation costs, among other things.

    The City of Minneapolis has a population of about 382,000.

    If you do the math, that comes out to each resident of Minneapolis paying an average of about $1,775 for the new stadium, regardless of whether or not they’re even Vikings fans, let alone whether or not they’d want to contribute to the stadium. (Obviously, I know this number is inflated as it doesn’t take into account taxes from businesses. I’m just trying to keep it simplistic. Either way, it’s definitely more than the $250 those Packers fans paid for stock).

    That also doesn’t take into account the over $300 million the State of Minnesota is throwing into the stadium as well. And this is the same for nearly every new stadium, as self-financing is quite rare.

    So……you still want to make fun of Packers fans voluntarily giving $250 to their team…..while fans of other teams are having more than $250 taken out of their taxes against their will?
    ——-
    Yes, I do. Because at the end of the day, NOTHING came out of my pocket and the stadium got built. Even if I did live in Minneapolis, I would not go around saying that I am part owner of an NFL franchise. Packer fans are absolutely blinded by the lore of a teams history to the point where they will throw away their money in order to say “you know that history…yea, I belong to it”.

  54. footballalldayeveryday says: May 30, 2012 7:25 PM

    The way I look at it is that, NFL players don’t have the mindset of “Oh I have enough money it’s fine.” that’s just the way it is. Now, the thing is is that he signs the tender this year, and could just sign the big one next year. But, what if he gets injured this year? Then hes not going to get that next tender. He wants that guaranteed money in a contract. I don’t think he’ll hold out this year, but if the Saints offer him a contract after this year, he’s going to say “Screw you. You didn’t want to give me a contract I’m going somewhere else.” I bet he could sign with another team if the Saints don’t offer him as much as another team. If Drew is like that, it could happen. If the Saints knew what was best for them though they’d offer him a contract. He deserves Brady and Manning money, not that he needs it but what can you do? He is the Saints after all. Thats just my opinion though.

  55. footballalldayeveryday says: May 30, 2012 7:26 PM

    Oh, and there’s no way the donation money will be accepted.

  56. saintij says: May 30, 2012 9:17 PM

    If this is actually real it is … ASININE..

    I told everyone already ” contract, no contact” just wait itll get done drew and sean are still working out the plans for the season

  57. psychotim says: May 30, 2012 9:21 PM

    “the constant smell of urine and puke in the Quarter”

    Actually those are positives — it’s when the Quarter doesn’t smell like urine and puke that New Orleans is in trouble — it means there aren’t any tourists.

  58. goodolebaghead says: May 31, 2012 1:36 AM

    If you are a poster above me that has done one of the following:

    *suggested the money go to charity instead of Brees
    *suggested that this is anything other than a joke
    *made blanket statements about a fanbase in the millions based on what a couple fans are doing

    then you are an idiot and should have your internet license revoked.

    And come on Mike, you’re just handing these sheeple spun-misinformation…

  59. HitsDingers says: May 31, 2012 5:28 AM

    pturner81: Someone needs to donate 60 cents

    Winner.

    atwatercrushesokoye: Jonathan Vilma will pay the first $10,000

    Honorable Mention.

    Seriously tho, if that money doesn’t go back to the idiots who sent it or some nola charity, this guy is gonna find some backfire

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