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Brees grievance will be heard in late June

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Despite a rash of reports that the Saints and quarterback Drew Brees are close to working out a long-term deal, the reality is that they’re not, yet.  They could end up being a little closer in a few weeks, after Stephen Burbank hears arguments regarding the question of whether Brees would be entitled to a 44-percent raise under the franchise tag in 2013, or whether the bump would be only 20 percent.

A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that Burbank will conduct a hearing during the final week of June.  (A specific date has not yet been chosen.)  At the hearing, questions posed and other comments made by Burbank could give the two parties some insight into Burbank’s inclinations.  If one side senses that a defeat is coming, an incentive arises to do the deal before Burbank makes the ruling official.

From Burbank’s perspective, the best approach would be to give both the team and the player reason to fret, which in turn would give them a mutual reason to control the risk and do a better deal than what would be available if the $3.9 million in 2013 pay swings away from the side that loses.

Given that Burbank recently has shown a willingness to issue decisions quickly, the parties may not have much time after the hearing to control the outcome.  And if they decide to work it out without a ruling, Burbank won’t have to rule on the issue at all.

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34 Responses to “Brees grievance will be heard in late June”
  1. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Jun 7, 2012 11:23 AM

    Ridiculous…a 44 percent raise? Kind of makes my 3 percent look like nothing…oh wait, it is.

    Screw you Brees, how much frickin’ money do you need?

  2. goodolebaghead says: Jun 7, 2012 11:25 AM

    Take all the time you guys need (condon/loomis.) When a player is this good, and this important to an organization, it’s important to get the deal done right. Just hurry and finish before the season, please.

    Oh yeah, and cue Saints hatred from here on out:

  3. skoobyfl says: Jun 7, 2012 11:26 AM

    Feed the pigs, slaughter the hogs.

  4. goodolebaghead says: Jun 7, 2012 11:40 AM

    Why does anyone that’s not a Saint fan even care?

  5. domeunit says: Jun 7, 2012 11:48 AM

    Looks like Drew Brees is finally getting an explanation.

  6. edhochuli says: Jun 7, 2012 11:49 AM

    I’m officially sick of Brees. Do we ever NOT hear Brees and mediator or grievance in the same sentence anymore?

  7. realitypolice says: Jun 7, 2012 11:51 AM

    League Priorities:

    1. Mediating contract disputes
    2. Bounty gate
    3. Defending concussion lawsuits
    4. Finding scab refs
    5. Fining and suspending players
    ..
    ..
    ..
    ..
    ..
    999. Improving on-field product.

  8. genericuser8888 says: Jun 7, 2012 11:51 AM

    While I don’t believe it, let’s assume that Drew and his agent are correct. That would be $16 million this season and $23 million next season. Average two year guaranteed salary: $19.5 million.

    Supposedly, the Saints have already upped their offer to $19 million a season, but Drew is asking for $20.3 million. That’s the rumor from yesterday.

    I can see a contract getting worked out before the grievance is heard.

    My opinion of Drew Brees has gone down some due to all this contract negotiation stuff. He comes to down, does all these good deeds and stuff, talks about loving New Orleans and putting “team” first, but then squeezes the team for every dime he can get. You don’t see Brady or Roethlisberger doing this sort of stuff. They re-structure and don’t break the team. Manning broke his team and you saw the results…

    I understand wanting to get paid, but when you’re going to be one of the top 3 paid qb’s in the league regardless, why break the team’s balls over that extra $1 or $1.5 million? It just seems like a crap move.

  9. tommyf15 says: Jun 7, 2012 11:56 AM

    yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Ridiculous…a 44 percent raise? Kind of makes my 3 percent look like nothing…oh wait, it is.

    Oh, I get it. The world revolves around you, and how much you get for a pay raise.

    Let’s remember that YOU can quit your job and offer your services to the highest bidder. Brees is stuck with the Saints.

  10. footballfanatic1906 says: Jun 7, 2012 11:58 AM

    yssupasigninnamnotyep says:
    Jun 7, 2012 11:23 AM
    Ridiculous…a 44 percent raise? Kind of makes my 3 percent look like nothing…oh wait, it is.

    Screw you Brees, how much frickin’ money do you need?

     I love ignorant comments like this. If you had the talent to make that money you would too. I’m a firefighter and if my union could get us a 44% raise I would take it. Also these guys are entertainers if the players didn’t get the money the owners would pocket it it’s not like it’s donated to charity! Dude get a clue!!

  11. effedinLA says: Jun 7, 2012 11:58 AM

    Make him the highest paid QB in the league already. Then see who else you can afford to keep. I’m sure other players don’t mind playing for the league minimum as long as their QB is happy!

  12. section128drunk says: Jun 7, 2012 12:05 PM

    You haters are out of your Bleeping minds, Robert Downey Jr will earn $50 million for his 6 month project in the Avengers and HE HAD A STUNT DOUBLE , BREES deserves EVERY PENNY HE GETS and MORE!!! I could argue he’s underpaid, how much do you think 26+ OTHER TEAMS would pay for his services if he was free to work where and for whom he wanted like you and Robert Downey Jr. can, Get a clue

  13. clownsfan says: Jun 7, 2012 12:07 PM

    Anybody else tired of the Saints yet?

  14. mullman7675 says: Jun 7, 2012 12:09 PM

    Pay him.

  15. truthhurtstoo says: Jun 7, 2012 12:12 PM

    Poor Saints fans… nothing seem to be going their way…at least that what we’re hearing.

  16. justappreciatesgoodfootball says: Jun 7, 2012 12:14 PM

    If you had a very unique skill (ability to pass for 5000 yards and win a SB) that only lasted for a limited amount of time, I think you would also try to maximize everything you could get out of it before you lose it especially if you have a wife and son to provide for. If he takes any significant amount less than he is worth, he would be short-changing himself. Would you short change yourself? Would you like to be mocked for making bad life or business decisions in the future?

    Rather than looking at things from only your own narrow perspective, perhaps you should broaden your views.

  17. justappreciatesgoodfootball says: Jun 7, 2012 12:17 PM

    Also, Drew Brees was franchise tagged and immediately injured his throwing shoulder shortly afterward, which jeopardized his chances of even playing football again let alone being able to sign another contract. He is trying to protect himself.

  18. savocabol1 says: Jun 7, 2012 12:18 PM

    Grievance? But I thought you reported they were close to making a deal…..

  19. ilovefoolsball says: Jun 7, 2012 12:25 PM

    SAINTS HATERS!!! I command you to begin to spew the vile vitrolic bile that comes out of your mouths NOW!!!

  20. brswan says: Jun 7, 2012 12:26 PM

    @yssupasigninnamnotyep says:
    Jun 7, 2012 11:23 AM
    Ridiculous…a 44 percent raise? Kind of makes my 3 percent look like nothing…oh wait, it is.

    Screw you Brees, how much frickin’ money do you need?

    —————————————
    He needs all the money he can get. Unlike the rest of us peasants, he can only work until he’s in his mid thirties. We have until 70 to make all our money. He has to get his up front… and sue the NFL when he’s 50.

  21. cowboycjn says: Jun 7, 2012 12:56 PM

    He has EARNED a right to get all he can. . .his business, not yours. If you are tired of hearing about the Saints – – WHY do you visit and read the article then take the time to write about your negativity??? Sounds like somebody with nothing to do and love making over somebody else or another team . . guess your team is pretty lame huh?

  22. sj39 says: Jun 7, 2012 12:58 PM

    Can’t wait to see Chase Daniel start and take the job away from this cry baby.

  23. raqaiw says: Jun 7, 2012 1:35 PM

    brswan says: Jun 7, 2012 12:26 PM

    He needs all the money he can get. Unlike the rest of us peasants, he can only work until he’s in his mid thirties. We have until 70 to make all our money. He has to get his up front… and sue the NFL when he’s 50.
    _____________________________________

    Not exactly. He can play in the NFL until his mid-late 30’s, then he can go be an analyst and make ~$54,000 a month like Warren Sapp until he’s too old to care anymore. Holding your team hostage over ~1M a year guaranteed is ludicrous. No one player is worth 20% of the cap. No one.

  24. electionconfidential says: Jun 7, 2012 1:47 PM

    So Drew is filing a grievance about something that hasn’t happened yet and may never happen?? He must not be very worried about his image.

  25. geezohman says: Jun 7, 2012 1:48 PM

    oh yeah… let me see.. hey boss… i not only want a raise, but i want a greivance board to hear my complaints… what… uh?… whats this piece of pink paper…

    But I will say… if the owners throw money at you.. take it and run to the bank… but come on man

  26. thejuddstir says: Jun 7, 2012 2:04 PM

    Brees you want a 44% raise ????? The rest of us “want an explanation” of your greed.

  27. giantsfanlewis says: Jun 7, 2012 2:10 PM

    Justappreciatesgoodfootball.

    If brees deserves whatever he wants for a 5k season and a superbowl years earlier then what should Brady and eli get for throwing 5k each and meeting in the sb the year they did so and both had super bowls victorys before that. And after the supervisor both Brady and eli had 5k seasons and mutiple superbowls. What do they deserve for that compared to brees?

  28. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Jun 7, 2012 2:54 PM

    footballfanatic1906 says:
    Jun 7, 2012 11:58 AM
    yssupasigninnamnotyep says:
    Jun 7, 2012 11:23 AM
    Ridiculous…a 44 percent raise? Kind of makes my 3 percent look like nothing…oh wait, it is.

    Screw you Brees, how much frickin’ money do you need?

    I love ignorant comments like this. If you had the talent to make that money you would too. I’m a firefighter and if my union could get us a 44% raise I would take it. Also these guys are entertainers if the players didn’t get the money the owners would pocket it it’s not like it’s donated to charity! Dude get a clue!!

    Good for you…you’re a firefighter, I commend your work. But I bet your ‘union’ gets you more and bigger raises than I ever have. I have a clue about unions becasuse I deal with their ‘workers’ everyday…and 99 percent of them are lazy incompetent morons. You should get a clue.

  29. tommyf15 says: Jun 7, 2012 3:03 PM

    thejuddstir says: Brees you want a 44% raise ????? The rest of us “want an explanation” of your greed.

    He just wants a clarification on what he’s supposed to be paid when the Saints apply the franchise tag to him. Nothing wrong with that.

    Why is it that sports fans are the only ones that whine over entertainers being paid too much. When The Sopranos was om HBO none of their message boards had people crybabying over how much the cast members made.

  30. 93warchant says: Jun 7, 2012 3:19 PM

    how the front office and drew haven’t got this deal done is amazing considering the p.r. mess they are already in. this team has a lot of talent but dissension will set in.. frankly the other saints have to be thinking if you cant take care of our record breaking qb how can you take care of us.

  31. packerswambulance says: Jun 7, 2012 4:39 PM

    Ahhhh, the “Airing of Grievences” -Should be a good start to Festivus Holiday

  32. tommyf15 says: Jun 7, 2012 5:29 PM

    edhochuli says: I’m officially sick of Brees. Do we ever NOT hear Brees and mediator or grievance in the same sentence anymore?

    Yeah, you really need to tell the guy pointing a gun at your head and making you read these stories to, you know, not do that.

  33. tommyf15 says: Jun 7, 2012 5:31 PM

    geezohman says: hey boss… i not only want a raise, but i want a greivance board to hear my complaints… what… uh?… whats this piece of pink paper.

    You fail to see the irony.

    Drew Brees would LOVE to get a “pink slip” from the Saints and accept offers from the other teams.

    Whatever the OPPOSITE of a pink slip is, that’s what Brees is getting from the Saints. They won’t let him leave.

  34. sf5338 says: Jun 12, 2012 12:37 PM

    Brees has been playing on a DISCOUNTED contract for the last 6 years. Give the guy a break. He deserves some catching up here for everything he has done for this city! Not to mention he is the best QB in the league.

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