Drew Brees: The puzzle is starting to come together

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The Saints are coming off of their third straight 7-9 season and they’ve made some changes to their roster in the early days of free agency.

They’ve signed wide receiver Ted Ginn, linebacker A.J. Klein and guard Larry Warford and brought back defensive tackle Nick Fairley while trading wide receiver Brandin Cooks to the Patriots. The Saints have four of the first 103 picks after making that deal, something quarterback Drew Brees noted while discussing his feelings about the team’s direction.

“I look at it as a very exciting time,” Brees said on WWL with Bobby Hebert and Duke Bellavia. “Our team is taking shape, we are not far off from beginning off season work and the draft is coming up.  We have several picks to make and there will be some new players on our team also. I really feel like we are just a few pieces away.  The puzzle is beginning to come together and I think we are all excited about that.”

Beyond the point about having a bunch of picks at their disposal, Brees didn’t delve too deeply into his thoughts about the Cooks trade. There were moments of apparent frustration for Cooks in the offense last year and Brees said he feels Ginn will have a “great role” in a wide receiving group that also includes Michael Thomas and Willie Snead.

22 responses to “Drew Brees: The puzzle is starting to come together

  1. It’s about time the Saints start putting some pieces around Brees. Hopefully this draft they stick to defense.

  2. The rebuild started in 2015, We lost 5 games by 3 or points last year, including 2 games by 1 point.

    We came off of 2 7-9 seasons to win Superbowl, just saying

    WHO DAT

  3. But not coming together as well as the puzzle in tennessee! 2 of top 18 4 of top 100 picks!

  4. For a guy that claims that he does not run to social media and to the press to air his opinions about the team he sure spends a lot of time going to social media and talking to the press to air his opinions about the team.

  5. redlikethepig says:
    Mar 14, 2017 10:17 AM
    His killer contract dooms any chances. Sorry, but that’s how it goes.

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    Wrong. His contract is fine and the Saints have lots of cap room and money.

  6. Brees’ arm is just about shot. Just wait until he has to play in the elements late in December and January and he will be exposed.

  7. boobsmcgoo says:
    Mar 14, 2017 11:00 AM
    redlikethepig says:
    Mar 14, 2017 10:17 AM
    His killer contract dooms any chances. Sorry, but that’s how it goes.

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    Wrong. His contract is fine and the Saints have lots of cap room and money..

    They’re 25th in the league in cap space and #1 in dead money. Try again.

  8. You don’t have t be a genius to figure out that their problems have all been on defense for years now.

  9. redlikethepig says:
    Mar 14, 2017 10:17 AM
    His killer contract dooms any chances. Sorry, but that’s how it goes.
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    His cap hit is $19 million. I realize that it sounds good to blame him for the Saints problems, but it’s not reality. Problems happen when you keep the same formula every year hoping for different results. It might be too late, but they finally realize that they need to sacrifice some offense for defense. Whether Loomis and company make the right decisions is another issue. This franchise would have ZERO championships if not for Brees. He is a HOF quarterback and definitely NOT a problem in NOLA.

  10. tonyzendejas says:
    Mar 14, 2017 11:07 AM

    They’re 25th in the league in cap space and #1 in dead money. Try again.

    Brees was $17.25 mil against the cap in 2016, and $19 mil in 2017. $19 mil is 13th in the league among QBs.

    NO is 25th in the league ATM moment because they just spent a bunch on FAs. They came into the 2017 season with $30 mil, and signed Ted Ginn, A.J. Klein, Larry Warford, and Nick Fairley.

    NO has had significant dead money for years, but Brees contract won’t create dead money until 2018. Brees isn’t responsible for NO’s dead money, it’s the Saints cutting players like Spiller and then pushing current players cap hits down the road to make room for the dead money, which also becomes dead money in the future. Somebody wrote what they’ve done with their cap management is like paying off a credit card with a new credit card. Brees salary will someday (2018) add dead money, but ATM, it doesn’t.

  11. Brees still has $18 million in pro-rated signing bonuses over the next 3 years. No guarantee he’ll play that long. He’ll be 38 this year if he isn’t 38 already.

  12. You certainly can’t accuse Brees of signing a team friendly contract that helps them win. Say what you want about Brady. He took a lot less money to keep the Patriots competitive.

  13. redlikethepig says:
    Mar 14, 2017 10:17 AM
    His killer contract dooms any chances. Sorry, but that’s how it goes.
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    Uninformed yet proud to proclaim it. Sorry, but that’s how it is.

  14. The real puzzle is why Brees continues to stay in games in 4Q when his team is down 35 pts. Oh yeah, it’s in order to pass his stats.
    Brees stats then salary then team. At least Jim Caldwell gave him a ring with his shoddy coaching in the Super Bowl, otherwise Brees would be a very poor man’s Marino.

  15. You certainly can’t accuse Brees of signing a team friendly contract that helps them win.
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    Actually Brees did sign a team friendly deal last year… @ 19M and being easily a Top 5 QB he could have made another 5M on the open market but decided to stay with the Saints with a cheaper contract……TRUTH

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