As the saying goes, if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.
Saints owner Tom Benson apparently can afford to commit to $158 million worth of contracts. In two days. For two players.
On Friday, Saints quarterback Drew Brees received a five-year, $100 million contract. On Saturday, Benson’s Hornets matched a four-year, $58 million offer sheet signed by Eric Gordon with the Suns.
It’s not a bad haul for Gordon, given that he appeared in roughly 10 percent of the team’s games last season.
The two contracts total nearly half of the $338 million Benson paid for the Hornets earlier this year.
So, yeah, Benson is loaded. And he can attribute much of that to the fact that he bought the Saints before the NFL became as wildly popular as it now is.