What will Drew Brees’ next Saints contract look like?

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With quarterback Drew Brees committed to staying with the Saints and the Saints committed to sticking with Brees (and assuming Brees isn’t simply daring the Saints to lowball him), what will his next contract look like?

It surely won’t be a one-year deal, because he already counts $18 million against the 2018 cap, whether he’s a Saint or not. They’ll undoubtedly work out something with a large signing bonus that covers four years or more, allowing the cap hit to be spread over four or more seasons — and also allowing the 2018 cap charge to be minimized.

If the goal is to pay Brees $25 million this year, he’d get (for example) a $24 million signing bonus and a $1 million salary. On a four-year deal, it’s a cap charge of $7 million for 2018, pushing his total cap number for 2018 to $25 million.

The question then becomes setting his compensation and cap hit for 2019; he’d have $6 million in charges from 2019, and the balance of his pay (roster bonus, salary) for next year would be added to that. Of course, a large chunk of next year’s package eventually could be converted to a signing bonus in 2019, driving down next year’s cap charge.

But that would also drive up the cap charges in future years. Which will once again put them in a spot where they’ll be taking a significant cap charge during the first year after Brees no longer is a member of the Saints.

33 responses to “What will Drew Brees’ next Saints contract look like?

  1. Who really knows how his contract will change. However, there’ll be one constant that’ll carry over from past contracts. And that’s maintaining a blind eye on team cheating.

  2. Can’t keep kick Ingham the can down the road. Sooner or later you will be paying him over 20 million, and he won’t even be playing.

  3. @GenXJ What “team cheating”? Do you mean the bounty “scandal” from 2008-09, a variation of which existed on EVERY SINGLE TEAM for decades? That “team cheating”?

  4. They are committing to winning SB now. With their rookies, Kamara leading the group, their rookie contracts end in 4 years. If they don’t win SB once in next four years, they will be back to the good old days of the aints

  5. Brees is greedy……he should take a low ball contract if he is interested in winning, but he won’t.

  6. Pay Drew Brees and contend or over pay free agents that will at best help you finish 2nd in the division.

  7. and assuming Brees isn’t simply daring the Saints to lowball him

    And why would he do that? That makes absolutely no sense, but I’m guessing this fits another one of your off-base theories.

  8. luke8512 says:
    January 28, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    It’s going to look like a bunch of words printed out on a huge stack of papers…
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    …surrounded by lots of money trucks. And he is worth every dime.

  9. genericcommenter says:
    January 28, 2018 at 4:41 pm
    How does it work where $18 million cap charge is leftover a year after a contract expires?

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    Signing bonus, they can be spread out over 2 years. Contract money One million for 2018
    and One million 2019 and a signing bonus hit 2018 5 million and 13 million for 2019.
    So yeah I’m saying he needs to take 10 million a year basically.

  10. Still an elite QB, still deserves to be paid like one. Rest of the league should be really scared of the Saints over the next 2-3 years, nobody else with the possible exception of the Patriots has the combination of elite young talent and a HOF QB playing at an extremely high level.

  11. Faced the #1 and #7 defenses in the league in the playoffs and made both of them look like a bunch of Arena League wannabes. Brees could still be in the league 5 years from now and still getting it done on this level, there’s almost nothing in his game that depends heavily on his physical ability.

  12. If they do it right, his first year away from the team will have a large cap hit, but his replacement should be on a low rookie wage scale deal to offset the money being paid to the starting QB.

  13. Geez, Drew, haven’t you made enough money yet? Maybe take a page out of Tom Brady’s playbook and “settle” for $15M or so. My gosh, you couldn’t possibly need the cash plus maybe the team could then afford to surround you with decent players.

  14. Not sure how people are talking about kicking the “can down the road”. This year was voided in his contract and this was the plan all along. He will sign again because as he’s stated “he doesn’t want to play anywhere else”. The 18 million will be spread over the life of the contract and he will take imo around 16 a year. 16 a year for an elite qb with that amount of young talent. Add that to the 16 or so million they will have after his contract are added to spend on free agents. This team will be a force next year.

  15. By the way he’s talking, he’s losing leverage left and right. Honestly though, if he’s looking for another Lombardi trophy, he’s pulling a Brady and will be very cap friendly.

  16. shepwp1 says:
    January 28, 2018 at 6:24 pm
    Geez, Drew, haven’t you made enough money yet? Maybe take a page out of Tom Brady’s playbook and “settle” for $15M or so. My gosh, you couldn’t possibly need the cash plus maybe the team could then afford to surround you with decent players.

    Do your research…You are kidding yourself if you think “Brady Settled”. All Brady did is restructure to push his Compensation to the last few years of his career. The Pats will be paying him for the next 20 years

  17. Saints played a third place schedule this year…go look at how many times the third place finisher finishes 1st in the NFC South the following year…my money is on the Falcons…just my perspective on all of this…

  18. They should sign him to four years, but only the first two as a quarterback and the remaining two as a coach for the new quarterback. Maybe he’ll be like Archie Manning and have his sons playing quarterback for the Saints in another 12 years.

  19. askeddie11 says:
    January 28, 2018 at 5:12 pm
    genericcommenter says:
    January 28, 2018 at 4:41 pm
    How does it work where $18 million cap charge is leftover a year after a contract expires?

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    Signing bonus, they can be spread out over 2 years. Contract money One million for 2018
    and One million 2019 and a signing bonus hit 2018 5 million and 13 million for 2019.
    So yeah I’m saying he needs to take 10 million a year basically.
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    I get that part. I guess I just didn’t understand the part about him being under contract for another year but it being voided. Or whatever it is.

  20. genericcommenter says:
    January 29, 2018 at 6:24 am
    I get that part. I guess I just didn’t understand the part about him being under contract for another year but it being voided. Or whatever it is.

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    No he isn’t under contract, but the Saints have just delayed some of the money was just kept putting at the end of the contract, Dallas had to pay Romo last year 9 million and he didn’t play and they owe him another 9 million
    this year. Teams in the NFL like to kick the can down the road.. but yes they could be stuck paying him
    19 million and him not on the team this year. So in my contract they would still pay him 24 million this year.

  21. Brees won’t be happy unless he has the entire team’s salary cap.
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    Guarantee you wish he was the QB of your pathetic team

  22. Remember the last collective bargaining agreement when Brees and Manning went in their “representing” the players and former players? They went in there acting like they were carrying the flag for the league and former players especially the former players medical and what did they do? Kicked and screamed about how its not fair of the possibility of getting franchise tagged for a 3rd time. I have never looked at both guys the same ever again. It was a rare chance to build upon their legacy not only as players but ambassadors of the game and they came up so small. Both these guys if they want, have a future in the senate. Pretend to be out for the people of the nation and then sit on their hands and do nothing.

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