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.