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Drew Brees: “This season cannot start fast enough”

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees celebrates after a touchdown to Robert Meachem against the Detroit Lions in the fourth quarter during their NFL NFC wildcard playoff football game in New Orleans Reuters

The market dictated that Drew Brees was going to break the bank.

But the newly (even more) rich Saints quarterback said he never thought about being the highest-paid player in the league as the sides went back and forth over a contentious past few months.

“”I can tell you from the start of this negotiation, I never thought once, ‘Hey, I want to be the highest-paid guy,” Brees said, during his interview with WWL radio, his lone interview of the day. “It was more about trying to look purely objectively at numbers over the last decade of top-tier quarterbacks, where it’s been and where it’s going, and trying to do what’s fair and justified. . . .

“Certainly when you’re talking about the type of contract, the type of money that’s out there, I think it’s very easy to sit back and say, ‘This is ridiculous.’ But the fact is, I think the desired result was reached. And I think we’re all excited about that. Ecstatic. Now it’s time to get to work.

“This season cannot start fast enough.”

There’s more pressure than ever on Brees because of the absence of coach Sean Payton and others from their bounty suspensions. But he said the team was prepared to push through that.

“Here’s the thing. It would be very easy for us to make excuses after what the organization and everyone has been through this offseason. But that’s never the approach we’ve taken or will take,” he said. “We’ve built up a mindset of, ‘We will overcome anything that’s put before us.’

“There’s always going to be ups and downs, but hang with us, Who Dat Nation, and we’ll make you proud.”

The hope is that will extend all the way to Super Bowl XLVI, which will be played in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and Brees said he wanted to make the Saints the first team to play for the title in their home stadium.

“I know our city could handle a lot of events, but they would go off their rocker if that happened,” Brees said. “Listen, I hope that’s the case, and that’s the mindset that we take every day. That it’s going to be a black and gold Super Bowl.”

If that happens, the first round of hurricanes on Bourbon Street should be on Brees, who can certainly afford it.

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15 Responses to “Drew Brees: “This season cannot start fast enough””
  1. smchristensen says: Jul 14, 2012 9:28 AM

    “But the newly (even more) rich Saints quarterback said he never thought about being the highest-paid player in the league as the sides went back and forth over a contentious past few months.”

    I call BS.

  2. theashleyguy says: Jul 14, 2012 9:49 AM

    “I never thought about being the highest-paid player in the league.” What a crock. You may have deserved a big contract (because after all you have quite a few more Super Bowl Championships than Tom Brady or Eli Manning), but once again your credibility is taking a beating.

  3. skodi says: Jul 14, 2012 9:50 AM

    “”I can tell you from the start of this negotiation, I never thought once, ‘Hey, I want to be the highest-paid guy,” Brees said,
    ————–
    Then what took so long for this deal to get done? All the grandstanding and fake modesty is starting to make Brees look like a blowhard.

  4. dyims says: Jul 14, 2012 9:58 AM

    I agree with you smchristensen, he is full of bs on that point. He’s nothing but a me me me person. His team will be hamstrung in the future on the salary cap with those figures. Not once did he think of how he could help the TEAM get better.

  5. theashleyguy says: Jul 14, 2012 10:05 AM

    The Saints get to make their own business decisions, of course, but it is amazing to think that with a salary cap of 120.6 million dollars, one guy gets one-sixth of it. One player–a very important player–gets so much, that it has to negatively affect the salary negotiations of other players for the next few years. Anytime the Saints front office doesn’t feel like legitimately negotiating with a player’s agent, they just say, “Sorry. There’s no money left. Drew has it all.” That will be tremendous for locker room morale.

  6. spellingcopfather says: Jul 14, 2012 10:10 AM

    Money changes everyone!!!

  7. jokendave says: Jul 14, 2012 10:17 AM

    It was always about the money. Nothing else. This team is not going to play so well this year so it was the best time to cash in. Its always about the money with these guys.

  8. saintij says: Jul 14, 2012 10:19 AM

    The contract is signed….. finally! Now its assured the Saints will have a decade of greatness.

  9. lks311 says: Jul 14, 2012 10:23 AM

    Over the past off season, Drew Brees has:

    1) Not been arrested
    2) Supported his teammates in their hour of need
    3) Not demanded a Trade
    4) Re-signed with his current team

    Yet, he has become, easily, one of the most disliked players by fans of all NFL teams not wearing black & gold. A weird twist for a guy almost universally loved two seasons ago.

  10. kellij666 says: Jul 14, 2012 10:49 AM

    and oh yes, signed bunkley at dt from denver, check

  11. 2ndaryinsanity says: Jul 14, 2012 11:31 AM

    RIGHT…when an athlete says it wasn’t about the money, it’s always about the money. With recent comments he’s made, Brees has shown that he has quite an ego.

  12. aldavisisthenfl says: Jul 14, 2012 11:32 AM

    saintij:

    a decade is 10 years…not 5…..

    Drew is for Drew…always has been….

    why do you think SD let him walk?

    he was ready to sign with Miami, his cell phone rang when he had the pen in his hand….it was the Saints offering him an oh so slightly better deal……you never saw a guy do such a quick 360 and hop on plane…..I remember thinking to myself wow…great player but money hungry….now I know why Uncle Al never came calling…….

  13. thingamajig says: Jul 14, 2012 3:23 PM

    Very refreshing to hear a football player say it was not about the money.

  14. nawlinssaints1956 says: Jul 14, 2012 5:45 PM

    It’s incredible how uninformed those of you are that talk about cap implications regarding Drew’s new contract. The first three years are very cap friendly; it’s the last two years that will need to be restructured. The real issue is a group of about 10 players that will eat up about $68 million in cap space. The Saints have been extremely efficient in managing the cap and finding quality players in mid to late rounds. No reason why that won’t continue…

  15. saintswillwin says: Jul 14, 2012 8:41 PM

    a decade is 10 years…not 5…..

    Drew is for Drew…always has been….

    why do you think SD let him walk?

    he was ready to sign with Miami, his cell phone rang when he had the pen in his hand….it was the Saints offering him an oh so slightly better deal……you never saw a guy do such a quick 360 and hop on plane…..I remember thinking to myself wow…great player but money hungry….now I know why Uncle Al never came

    The Chargers let him walk because of his shoulder injury AND they had Phillip Rivers; how has that worked out for them? And then they let Darren Sproles walk!!!! So the Chargers aren’t very intelligent in their FO.

    The Dolphins didn’t sign Brees because their team doctors told the coaches his shoulder wouldn’t be fully healed or be as good as before. So they decided Daunte Culpepper was better and signed him; how did THAT work out for them?

    If Brees had hit the market in 2013, how much money do you think Jerry Jones, Dan Snyder or the owner of the Jets would have been willing to play Brees?

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