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Saints fans want team to pay Brees

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Lost in the recent storm of developments and debates on whether the Saints put contracts on opposing players is the fact that the team’s starting quarterback doesn’t have a contract of any kind.

But with the deadline for getting a long-term deal finalized only three weeks and three days away, folks in New Orleans are becoming increasingly restless, as explained by Jarrett Bell of USA Today.

“With all the crap happening here, they should just sign Drew Brees and get the drama over with,” Edmond Belizaire, a New Orleans taxi driver, told Bell.  “Jonathan Vilma won’t be here this year.  Will Smith will be gone for a few games.  But with Drew Brees, you’ve still got a shot at getting to the Super Bowl.”

Bell explains that, while fans in New Orleans typically are inclined to side with management, Brees gets the benefit of the doubt on this one.

“Brees could be mayor of New Orleans,” Belizaire said.

The quarterback continues to avoid blame or scrutiny for his reluctance to accept a one-year offer that would pay him more than $1 million per game.  He wants a long-term deal, and even though the team reportedly has overstated his financial demands, no one in N.O. seems to be turning on Brees.

“Brees is the glue,” said Nathan Washington, a bellman at a local hotel.  “He deserves whatever he’s asking for.  How can you not give it to him?  If that’s a problem for the Saints, I’ll start up a fund and take to the streets.  If you’re talking about Brees, this community would chip in and pay for it.”

Actually, some fans have tried to do that.  From May 29 through June 4, they raised $2,455.36.  The absence of an updated total in 18 days makes us wonder whether they’ve dropped the effort — or whether they absconded to Mexico to retire . . . as long as they plan to live only for another month.

This drama shouldn’t last for more than another month.  Despite premature reports from a couple of weeks ago that a deal between Brees and the Saints is close, there’s no reason to believe the two sides won’t wrap this up by 4:00 p.m. ET on July 16.

And there’s still a chance that, after the June 27 hearing on whether Brees’ 2013 franchise tender would be $19 million or $23 million, both sides will fear losing on that $4 million question, prompting them to find a middle ground before arbitrator Stephen Burbank issues a ruling.

Either way, Saints fans will get what they want soon.  The only question is whether Brees’ absence for the entire offseason program will keep the team from getting off to the kind of fast start that ensures the road to the Superdome will go through the Superdome.

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38 Responses to “Saints fans want team to pay Brees”
  1. bhindenemylines says: Jun 22, 2012 10:07 AM

    So when every ticket in N.O. increases by $20, what will they want then???

  2. benh999 says: Jun 22, 2012 10:09 AM

    So what? Plenty of Bears’ fans still want to see Forte get paid, despite being a running back coming off a torn ACL. Most Jets fans probably still want to see Revis get another big extension this year too.

  3. thedano says: Jun 22, 2012 10:14 AM

    Of course they do, fans don’t always think about the salary implications long term.

  4. thejuddstir says: Jun 22, 2012 10:15 AM

    Maybe the fans should start their own bounty program to raise money for Mr. I Want An Explanation.

  5. mathomp3 says: Jun 22, 2012 10:17 AM

    Duhhh

  6. thetruth1313 says: Jun 22, 2012 10:17 AM

    For once, Drew Brees finally doesnt need an explanation.

  7. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Jun 22, 2012 10:18 AM

    Well, nobody has ever accused Aints fans of being real bright…so this isn’t very surprising.

  8. censoredpost says: Jun 22, 2012 10:25 AM

    Didn’t rookie salaries get put in check? Wasn’t that so you could pay the man once he’s earned it? Last time I checked Brees is the man and he’s earned it.

  9. nepaseahawk says: Jun 22, 2012 10:28 AM

    oh really???????

  10. robf2010 says: Jun 22, 2012 10:29 AM

    I think the conventional wisdom that the Saints can’t win on the road in the playoffs is wrong. It hasn’t happened yet but it surely will.

    Drew Brees is 100 feet tall in Louisiana. He earned it. He’ll get his life contract and retire a Saint.

  11. hulkhogansays says: Jun 22, 2012 10:36 AM

    Saints fans WISH Brees was 1/5 of the QB Robert Griffin the 3rd is brother. They will be in awe when RG3 carves up New Orleans on opening day.

  12. abengalfan says: Jun 22, 2012 10:39 AM

    Makes sense. When it comes to multi million dollar contracts and NFL capology talk to a taxi driver and hotel bellman.

  13. insanelomein2 says: Jun 22, 2012 10:40 AM

    @ bhindenemylines,

    I think the fans of the Saints would gladly fork up another $20 per ticket for Brees.

    If not, the organization and fans would be stuck with the likes of Bobby Herbert, Aaron Brooks, or present day Chase Daniel.

  14. robf2010 says: Jun 22, 2012 10:42 AM

    “Saints fans WISH Brees was 1/5 of the QB Robert Griffin”

    I like that. If you’re going to dream, dream big. :)

  15. purplegreenandgold says: Jun 22, 2012 10:47 AM

    hulkhogansays says:
    Jun 22, 2012 10:36 AM
    Saints fans WISH Brees was 1/5 of the QB Robert Griffin the 3rd is brother. They will be in awe when RG3 carves up New Orleans on opening day.
    ===================================
    when opening day arrives make sure youre watching closely… not puffing as you were when writing your post

  16. gerttownmomo says: Jun 22, 2012 10:52 AM

    hulkhogansays says: Jun 22, 2012 10:36 AM

    Saints fans WISH Brees was 1/5 of the QB Robert Griffin the 3rd is brother. They will be in awe when RG3 carves up New Orleans on opening day.

    ============================

    BAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

  17. goodellsadouche says: Jun 22, 2012 11:03 AM

    Somebody help the Hulkster, he’s gone stupid!

  18. sj39 says: Jun 22, 2012 11:05 AM

    Sorry hulkster, RGIII has the potential to be great but the Skins have way too many other problems including the current coaching staff, front office and ownership. 0-16

  19. EJ says: Jun 22, 2012 11:06 AM

    Brees will get what he wants, The Saints can’t afford to lose their best and most consistent player. If Brees were to become a FA, there would be as much interest as Peyton Manning received, maybe more.

  20. jpmelon says: Jun 22, 2012 11:20 AM

    Bree’s definately deserves the cash. The Saints organization is probably worried that Bree’s won’t be around too much longer once opposing teams get the chance to put out a few bounties of their own.

  21. strokeytheclown says: Jun 22, 2012 11:26 AM

    What, no Katrina references? I’m shocked!

  22. djkeitse22 says: Jun 22, 2012 11:32 AM

    Not All Saints Fans have his back, completely. There’s a fine Line between what he deserves and being greedy. Don’t get me wrong, We still need to sign him. This team doesn’t want to have to face a “Colts situation” when/if he gets hurt, and then we lose all but one or two games cause he got all the money, and it isn’t spread out better. And for some reason or another he can’t accept a cheaper salary, with a huge signing bonus, because that would really help the team, and that’s the part that has me confused, if he’s such a team player.

  23. tombradyswig says: Jun 22, 2012 11:38 AM

    I’ll pay him if he keeps his HUMUNGOUS yapper SHUT!!

  24. usmutts says: Jun 22, 2012 11:46 AM

    To know how determined Drew Brees is, all you have to do is watch him play. He will not cave in. He’s already said he won’t sign the franchise tender. If he signs it and gets a serious injury he could destroy his future earning potential.

    With the bountygate mess, he has no incentive to sign a long term deal with the Saints and play there this season. Their prospects for winning are greatly diminished. His head coach is gone, maybe to never return. There will be a coaching carousel there this season. The defense cost them their last two playoff loses and won’t improve much, if any. Management personally insulted him by saying he wasn’t a top tier player and continues to conduct themselves as though his contract is on their back burner.

    Don’t be surprised if he doesn’t play this year. Next year he’ll get a zillion dollars from someone who’s desperate to win it all. Salary cap be damned. Just think what Drew could do in San Fran with that defense sending him on the field time after time. Or, more likely, Dallas.

  25. dirtydrynn27 says: Jun 22, 2012 12:02 PM

    I`m not a Saints fan at all,But I do hope they pay him.If anybody deserves to be paid,its Drew Brees!!!

  26. vetdana says: Jun 22, 2012 12:07 PM

    Not All Saints Fans have his back, completely. There’s a fine Line between what he deserves and being greedy.

    Question…..when average players salaries have risen to the point of 3 million dollars per game,does that mean fans have also experienced a financial increase to pay those bloated salaries …or…Does it mean…the stands are near Empty ?

  27. essentialsausage says: Jun 22, 2012 12:13 PM

    Fans are mostly idiots, so “paying” Brees is probably a bad idea.

  28. gridironmike says: Jun 22, 2012 12:13 PM

    yssupasigninnamnotyep says:
    Jun 22, 2012 10:18 AM
    Well, nobody has ever accused Aints fans of being real bright…so this isn’t very surprising.

    Actually, announcers have said for years and years that Saints fans are some of the most knowledgeable fans in the league.

    Also, Peyton Manning is not what your childish user name implies.

    Do you in fact know anything about football?

  29. greggfletch1 says: Jun 22, 2012 12:30 PM

    Another punk that thinks hes worth that much to play a game. Salaries should be limited to 1 million a year, and any profit over 10% that the owners make has to go to Disabled American Veterans.

  30. silentcount says: Jun 22, 2012 1:17 PM

    As long as Brees is not signed, he’s allowed to talk with Sean Payton. As a way to get even for his coach’s severe and unfair suspension, Brees is working strictly on the goal of handing him the Superbowl trophy in the Superdome. The motivation for extreme effort and precise execution has never been greater.

  31. pacmantriggerman says: Jun 22, 2012 1:24 PM

    I need Drew Brees to make it rain.

  32. ampats says: Jun 22, 2012 1:27 PM

    Saints fans raise $2455.36 for Drew Bress
    Bus Monitor Lady fans raise $425,000.00 for BML

  33. tjstyles says: Jun 22, 2012 1:43 PM

    I am not a Brees fan at all, and I have felt he was a bit over rated for a while (I acknowlege that he is a very good QB, I just never felt he was the BEST QB like people were calling him for a couple of years). I also lost a lot of respect for him for complaining about the punishments being imposed for the Bounty stuff when he SHOULD have been the guy stepping up to stop it years ago.

    But, I have to say I completely understand his position. I would want a long-term contract, too. I am a software engineer, and I was offered more money for a 1.5 year contract than I am making now (quite a bit more infact), but I wanted the security of a full-time position. That goes double for an athlete who just got a target on his back for the acts of his defense. How many defensive players out there are now thinking, “let’s see how they like it when Brees takes a few hard hits”?

    People constantly bash athletes for being greedy and not caring about the game or winning or the fans and only caring about money. $1 million per game is a TON of money. He could easily pocket that and probably get the same (or better) deal next season. But instead, he would rather give up that big payday to get some consistancy. That shows commitment to the team and that he will put the team ahead of his wallet, IMO.

    I have to stand behind Brees on this one.

  34. playin2x says: Jun 22, 2012 1:50 PM

    I am a skins fan and do not agree with the hulkster … Some fans actually have brains others… Are just delusional … Brees is a top 3 qb … Rg3 hasn’t played a down in the nfl .. Get real

  35. jazz321 says: Jun 22, 2012 2:41 PM

    If RG3 is better than Brees, then the Saints ought to pay him less than what RG3 is getting. RG3 will be a talent, but he will have a long way to go before he reaches the level of Brees.

    I hear the sticking part is the amount of guaranteed money in the first two years. Brees’ agent is asking between $60-65 million. Saints are somewhere in the $50-55 million range. If Brees is worried about his shoulder and thinks another injury could end his career, shouldn’t the Saints be able to say if you get hurt, we do not want to be straddled with dead money being paid to a QB who is no longer playing? Brees will never sign this offer, but I would give him exactly what Payton got from Denver; give him signing bonus for passing a physical every year. We all know that when Brees leaves the game, he will be paid to be an analyst on TV. He will never be hurting for a job. It all boils down to how much of an ego hit will he take. Remember, his agent is also fighting for his next QB client’s future contract, which will be base on Brees’ contract.

  36. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Jun 22, 2012 3:52 PM

    gridironmike says:
    Jun 22, 2012 12:13 PM
    yssupasigninnamnotyep says:
    Jun 22, 2012 10:18 AM
    Well, nobody has ever accused Aints fans of being real bright…so this isn’t very surprising.

    Actually, announcers have said for years and years that Saints fans are some of the most knowledgeable fans in the league.

    Also, Peyton Manning is not what your childish user name implies.

    Do you in fact know anything about football?

    ———————————————

    Oh wow…announcers have said that? Well, I am so sorry. Gosh, I had no idea that all those smart announcers have said such things. I take it all back now, what a compelling argument you made sir.

    And yet these are the same people who stayed in town despite a MILLION warnings to get the hell out…yeah, they’re real bright.

  37. mdd913 says: Jun 22, 2012 4:37 PM

    yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Jun 22, 2012 3:52 PM

    And yet these are the same people who stayed in town despite a MILLION warnings to get the hell out…yeah, they’re real bright.

    —————————————————————

    Yeah, because deriding collective intelligence of a few million people really makes you look clever. Go jump off a bridge, loser.

  38. cowboyscanada says: Jun 22, 2012 4:59 PM

    Saints fans are classless,,,along with their team.

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