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.