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Drew Brees hopes for many more years as a Saint, talks ongoing

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he’s engaged in contract talks that he hopes will keep him in New Orleans for many more years.

“It’s a negotiation. There’s always back and forth. I’ve got a very strong relationship with the Saints,” Brees said on ESPN Radio in New Orleans, via Jeff Duncan of NOLA.com. “Talks are ongoing. I don’t know that it’s something that will be done next week or before the end of the year or next year or when.”

The 37-year-old Brees says he’s physically able to do everything he could do as a rookie and believes he’ll continue to play for many more years.

“I want to be a Saint for the rest of my career. I think I’ve got a lot of good years left,” Brees said.

Brees is heading into the final year of his contract and has a cap hit of a whopping $30 million this season. The Saints would love to work out an extension that lowers that cap hit this year and keeps Brees under contract for a few more years. But if Brees and the Saints can’t come to an agreement, Brees would be an unrestricted free agent a year from now, and the Saints wouldn’t be able to use the franchise tag on him. So Brees has a lot of leverage in contract talks, and if the Saints don’t meet his demands, maybe some other team will in 2017.

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45 Responses to “Drew Brees hopes for many more years as a Saint, talks ongoing”
  1. hailtothenamechange says: Mar 21, 2016 6:06 PM

    The Saints aren’t going to win another title with his diminishing skills and holes all over the roster. They really should just swallow the $30M cap hit and start fresh next year with good draft position and an extra $30M in cap space.

  2. firerogergoodell says: Mar 21, 2016 6:07 PM

    Love Drew Brees but he’s not the kind of QB to get better with age…

    Hang em up brother, the Saints are rebuilding anyways.

  3. arwiv says: Mar 21, 2016 6:07 PM

    The saints have less than a mill in space and they still have to pay their impending draft picks. It seems that the Saints have cap problems every year. Brees is a huge part of the problem but regardless of him, whoever is in charge of the Saints cap situation needs to be fired.

  4. iseek11 says: Mar 21, 2016 6:08 PM

    Hold out Drew. It’s a sinking ship. You made them relevant and brought them a championship. You owe them nothing. No way the Saints pay 30 mil. Force them to trade or cut. Elway will work out a deal to bring you to Denver and you can end your career with back to back rings, cementing your legacy and giving the Broncos the first ever 3-peat.

  5. randomguy9999 says: Mar 21, 2016 6:12 PM

    hard to believe the Phins chose Culpepper over Brees because of Brees’ so called shoulder problem… Brees got a career spot and the pain never ends in Miami

  6. ariani1985 says: Mar 21, 2016 6:13 PM

    Greed gate!

  7. key2heat says: Mar 21, 2016 6:14 PM

    That just means he wants to to make more commercials. Team killer with the cap number.

  8. lionsnati0n says: Mar 21, 2016 6:16 PM

    They traded one of the best TE’s in the league for a linemen, gave a bunch of money to the line and running backs. Brees can’t believe he has “many more years”. They got rid of Colston, Stills, and Lance is long gone. I know he did a lot for the city during the crisis and that may be why it’s so hard for the Saints to give him the message that it’s one year deals from here on out until you force them to cut you.

  9. cross300 says: Mar 21, 2016 6:20 PM

    He has many more checks to cash. He has the Saints right where he wants them. Over a barrel.

  10. chawk12thman says: Mar 21, 2016 6:20 PM

    Saints have no Cap Space and a 30M Cap hit is huge. Leverage is all with Brees, except the 20M Cap Savings a trade by Saints would give them. That really wouldn’t be anything they wanted to do…..but at some point, you have to do what is good for the team in the long term.

  11. buffalosaint says: Mar 21, 2016 6:21 PM

    From what I understand they can use the franchise tag next year but it would be 45 Million or something ridiculous.

  12. deneb1973 says: Mar 21, 2016 6:27 PM

    I wonder when the New Orleans fan base is going to realize that the product on the field is a direct reflection of Brees’ selfishness in maximizing his salary while the team disintegrates.

  13. pastanow says: Mar 21, 2016 6:28 PM

    Someone needs to sit old Drew down and explain the requirements for sainthood. They better use lots of big pictures and pretty colors.

  14. rhamrhoddy says: Mar 21, 2016 6:30 PM

    It’s clearly very difficult when a team has to pay top dollar to a quarterback. The rest of the team tends to suffer for at least a couple of years after.

    Many commenters have suggested that Tom Brady doesn’t have to hold out for every last nickel because his wife is a multimillionaire also. He will still be filthy rich even if he takes $10 million less.

    Suppose another top QB with a wife who makes 10 bucks an hour takes a $90 million contract instead of $100 million contract?

    You spread that $10 million around the team, you’re still super rich and now you got a chance to win.

    Of course it’s easy for me to suggest this. I don’t even make 10 million a year. But the whole Brady takes less only thing cuz his wife is rich is just ridiculous.

  15. raidernationbaby says: Mar 21, 2016 6:31 PM

    For a guy that is willing to be the face of a multi-level marketing pyramid scheme that makes crap supplements, you can bet on one thing: Drew Brees cares only about Drew Brees and he’ll take every last dollar he can.

  16. r502 says: Mar 21, 2016 6:31 PM

    At 37 years old, the over under is 2 years before Saints fan rolls their eyes and begins to mumble about how Brees should just hang it up as he is embarrassing himself and killing the team with his outrageous salary and diminishing returns.

  17. jag1959 says: Mar 21, 2016 6:31 PM

    Not a Saints fan but the Brees greed comments always crack me up. Because of the front office mishandling other contracts and not prioritizing his extension sooner they are now staring down the barrel of a $30M cap hit, they should never have gotten to the 5th year of his contract. That is not his doing. Overall his existing contract sits at 10th among QB’s with an average annual value of $20M.

  18. mt10425 says: Mar 21, 2016 6:34 PM

    Don’t be surprised to see him in Denver. Since they have NEVER been able to develop a QB since elway, it’s the ideal fit. Arrogant, me-first quality QB on the downhill side steps right in for Peyton.

  19. jag1959 says: Mar 21, 2016 6:35 PM

    key2heat says:
    Mar 21, 2016 6:14 PM
    That just means he wants to to make more commercials. Team killer with the cap number.
    ________________

    Not a Saints fan but the ill informed Brees greed comments always crack me up. Because of the front office mishandling other contracts and not prioritizing his extension sooner they are now staring down the barrel of a $30M cap hit, they should never have gotten to the 5th year of his contract. That is not his doing. Overall his existing contract sits at 10th among QB’s with an average annual value of $20M.

  20. theseekeroffun says: Mar 21, 2016 7:01 PM

    Brees should give the team a discount. He is the reason that they are hamstrung. He had to be the highest paid player in the league. It worked out great for him, but he hosed the team.

  21. buddy8675309 says: Mar 21, 2016 7:15 PM

    The NFL already GAVE you one tithe. Don’t expect another

  22. corky2141 says: Mar 21, 2016 7:21 PM

    In this situation, what is good for the goose, is killing the gander. But keep going after those big checks into your 40s, cause I would be doing the same exact thing if I were in his situation (just like everybody else).
    And before you say you’d take a pay cut for the good of the team, tell me what your thought is of a 36 year old who turned down $13 mil to hangout with his 14 year old son.

  23. suggahbuggah says: Mar 21, 2016 7:26 PM

    The Saints are in cap hell this year, next year they will have close to 80 mill. to play with. No matter how the negotiations go, the Saints will be ok.
    The Saints have a tough schedule this year nobody is expecting a SB in New Orleans, just good competitive football and knocking Cam the Sham on his alpha sierra sierra.

  24. theparadoxx82 says: Mar 21, 2016 7:27 PM

    And the rest of the NFCS hopes for a few more years of his contract killing the team.

  25. partmachine says: Mar 21, 2016 7:45 PM

    Give him 2yrs/50mil with the condition that he retires for good. It’ll be a nice thank you and, he’ll produce.

  26. iseek11 says: Mar 21, 2016 8:00 PM

    mt10425 says:
    Mar 21, 2016 6:34 PM
    Don’t be surprised to see him in Denver. Since they have NEVER been able to develop a QB since elway, it’s the ideal fit. Arrogant, me-first quality QB on the downhill side steps right in for Peyton.
    __________________
    Yep. Steps right in with Super Bowl champions after record setting QB who had best record in NFL over last 4 years and whose defense only showed up this year under Wade Phillips. We’d be happy to let you limp into your twilight years with another MVP and a ring or two like the last guy.

    Denver can’t develop QBs, although we did develop Cutler into a Pro Bowler before Belichick sent McDaniels over to get rid of him (it’s actually Chicago who can’t develop a QB). Heck, we even made Tim Tebow a division champion and national sensation. How can you top Tebowmania? Why, by resurrecting a reconstructed former MVP and developing the single greatest QB season ever recorded. And following a catastrophic Super Bowl, completely reconstructing the team into one of the most devastating defenses in recent memory in a mere 2 years.

    Please come to Denver Drew. We can do this again for you. And when your done, we’ll do it for Aaron Rodgers or Ben Roethlisberger or Eli when they’re on their final legs too. Since we can’t develop quarterbacks, we’ll lead the league in QBs who retire Super Bowl champions. We already have two.

  27. cuda1234 says: Mar 21, 2016 8:06 PM

    Drew may be the most selfish qb in the league since the departure of Tim Tebow. He takes up about half the Saints cap and loves playing in perfect conditions where he can throw the ball 50x/per game to pad his personal stats on a mediocre team. Good luck with that, New Orleans!

  28. whenwilliteverend says: Mar 21, 2016 8:42 PM

    I’m sure he’ll stay but he’ll probably ask for $50M a year.

  29. codiablo says: Mar 21, 2016 9:13 PM

    So he wants money over championships?

  30. breesynbigeasy says: Mar 21, 2016 10:27 PM

    New Orleans loves Drew.

    We’ll have him as long as he can walk.

    For the ignorant uninformed morons that keep citing his contract and the Saints cap issues, please take a moment to glance at the ridiculous amount of dead money contracts we’re carrying. That must be Drews fault huh?

    Can’t fix stupid.

  31. dejc421 says: Mar 21, 2016 11:29 PM

    I soured on Brees years ago when the word was his contract had to be $1 more than Manning’s so he was the highest paid QB.

  32. boobsmcgoo says: Mar 22, 2016 1:16 AM

    Has the Brees contract really hurt the Saints chances of acquiring talent? Well, they still had enough money to sign a top cornerback, but they gave that money to Brandon Browner instead. They had enough money for a top safety, but they gave that money to Jairus Byrd instead. They had enough money for a top pass rusher, but they are paying that dead money to Junior Gallette instead. They had enough money for an offensive playmaker, but they gave they money to C. J. Spiller instead. On top of that, the 2013 and 2014 drafts were almost complete busts. Yeah, blame Brees. He is almost the only one earning his money, yet the Saints are wasting his best years with back to back 7-9 seasons while the window slowly closes. For those who want to move on from Brees, ask yourself how long it will take to find a decent QB. If you are a Saints fan, you know the answer. It takes 40 years!!!

  33. 34defense2014 says: Mar 22, 2016 4:56 AM

    It’s pretty funny the morons blaming Brees for the Cap issues New Orleans are having this year lol Do some research first, before you make stupid comments! Oh & calling someone selfish that you don’t even know! ( as if you all wouldn’t take the Money 😉😉wink, wink) Besides after this year, Saints cap will be fine. I’m not even a Saints fan, but I do know how to do just a little, tiny, bit of research before making a comment! There’s this thing called “Google?” Just incase you haven’t heard of it? Some of you peeps should check it out.

  34. eljefedelmundo says: Mar 22, 2016 6:12 AM

    Brees has already been franchised TWICE- Chargers, Saints.

    Player cannot be franchised three times.

    As a Saints fan I would like to him to give a hometown discount, the cash would go on D men who can make sure he doesn’t have to get 50 points to win a game.

    We got 4 or 5 good Brees years left, another ring (or two), he retires a superhero. Job done.

  35. ecniner says: Mar 22, 2016 7:06 AM

    Bree’s is about Bree’s. All about himself. Team comes second no matter what jibberish comes from his mouth. Team can’t afford to put good players in the field due to his greed holding the team over a barrel for his talent…

  36. touchdownroddywhite says: Mar 22, 2016 8:46 AM

    corky2141 says:
    Mar 21, 2016 7:21 PM

    And before you say you’d take a pay cut for the good of the team, tell me what your thought is of a 36 year old who turned down $13 mil to hangout with his 14 year old son.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    My thought is that this guy should be everybody’s role model. He’s made a lot of money, he can use that money to make a lot more without baseball. He’s going to have 4 years of memories as his son approaches adulthood that will be priceless for the rest of his life. Best story in all of sports right now.

  37. lifelongwhodat says: Mar 22, 2016 9:02 AM

    Brees will have played 11 years in NO for $160 mil at the end of 2016. Under $15 mil a year for top 3 QB play over a decade. That hardly seems exorbitant. The contract was structured this way by the Saints, not Brees. Im sure he would have been fine getting more cash up front. Brees also didn’t put 25 mil on the books in dead money this year.

    How many other top QBs play out a full contract without getting it ripped up and an extension given like Brees did in 2006-11? He was paid way below market for years and never asked for an extension. His current contract is also below market at 20mil/yr.

    To call Brees greedy is absolutely ignorant. He gets a good contract, plays it out even when its no longer fair market value while every other QB in the world gets extension after extension.

  38. streetyson says: Mar 22, 2016 9:21 AM

    A .500 record (33-33, inc 1-1 in playoffs), since Brees took all that money in 2012. That’s not all on him of course, but the more he’s been paid the less there is for other talent. He’s maybe still got mileage left for another SB run or two, but they can’t afford an SB team around him, and are quickly running out of the time to build one even if he did belatedly take a huge 50% cut to a Brady-like salary. If Brees really did love the Saints as much as he says, he would have renegotiated at least a year ago. The king of cap hell.

  39. saintdatazz says: Mar 22, 2016 9:49 AM

    The teams that do not use their cap space are stupid. Teams that generally have 30 million unused are those that usually finish last. But I admit, some of those that are at the top just miss out on the prize (SB). However, without spending the money you are less likely to have the quality players needed to compete. Those that believe Brees’ age is catching up needs to re-look, his skills are not diminishing. He lead the league again in passing at 37. He is worth more than any younger QB, even more than Wilson or Luck. Why you ask, because Brees can make someone on a practice squad look like a missed 1st round gem; Luck and Wilson must rely upon other aspects around them. How many receivers that caught over 1K yards and left amounted to anything, Moore, Meachum, Henderson, Stallworth? Can you name one tight end, running back, or receiver that did better once they didn’t have Brees throwing to them? Does anyone really believe the Saints could have won even 2 games if Brees wasn’t the QB on that team last year let alone 7? They were a Watson and Colston fumble away from a 9 win season. When you watch Brees play he is still as fast as before in decision making, it isn’t his fault the defense has no pass rush or run stopping ability to force them not to force him into passing all the time. The higher amount of passes for any QB will result in higher ints. If you average his int to attempts it is still better than most of your considered franchise QB’s. Brees’ contract isn’t the problem it isn’t even the secondary, it is the pass rush and if anyone’s contracts should be restructured it is the DL for lack of getting off the blocks, or even showing effort to get off a block.

  40. sb44champs says: Mar 22, 2016 9:52 AM

    If Brees really did love the Saints as much as he says, he would have renegotiated at least a year ago.
    ==========================
    It was almost 2 years ago that Brees said he’d be willing to renegotiated/restructure… Loomis declined… Get your facts straight

  41. sclement65 says: Mar 22, 2016 10:42 AM

    jag1959 says:
    Mar 21, 2016 6:31 PM

    Not a Saints fan but the Brees greed comments always crack me up. Because of the front office mishandling other contracts and not prioritizing his extension sooner they are now staring down the barrel of a $30M cap hit, they should never have gotten to the 5th year of his contract. That is not his doing. Overall his existing contract sits at 10th among QB’s with an average annual value of $20M.

    This

  42. jfcol says: Mar 22, 2016 2:20 PM

    Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Combine the “greed” perception among so many, including Saints fans, with the frustration from the front office about Brees and his contract as was reported earlier this year. This isn’t something pulled out of thin air. And the fact that Brees isn’t budging while the team continues to struggle to put players around him on both sides of the ball tells you all you need to know.

  43. sb44champs says: Mar 22, 2016 2:46 PM

    Failcons

  44. sb44champs says: Mar 22, 2016 2:47 PM

    The Saints aren’t going to win another title with his diminishing skills
    ============================
    428 for 4870 yds 32 TDs and 11 INTs
    I guess 30 other QBs in the league definitely have diminishing skills LOL

  45. sb44champs says: Mar 22, 2016 2:48 PM

    Brees isn’t budging while the team continues to struggle to put players around him on both sides of the ball tells you all you need to know.
    ==========================
    Saints = SB44 Champions

    Failcons = Goose egg!

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