When will Saints and Drew Brees do their next deal?

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It’s been more than four weeks since the Saints’ season ended. Exactly four weeks from today, the free-agency period opens.

For now, Saints quarterback Drew Brees still has no contract.

Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune takes a look at the situation, acknowledging the reality that, despite Brees’ repeated proclamations that he won’t leave the Saints, it’s nevertheless possible that a lowball offer from the team will prompt Brees to consider offers from other teams.

With the quarterback market already reaching a new high-water mark this month (Jimmy Garoppolo has pushed it to $27.5 million per year) and more on the way, Brees will be in line for more and more money, the longer the Saints wait.

Even with a cap charge of $18 million right out of the gates due to money paid under his prior contracts, it will be relatively easy to pay Brees $25 million in 2018 — and it will be very difficult to take the position that he’s not worth it.

One approach for the Saints could be to simply ask Brees to propose a fair deal. The risk, of course, would be that Brees may submit to the team a far different version of “fair” than how the Saints would characterize it, making a tricky situation even trickier.

It’s still nearly inconceivable to envision Brees playing for any team other than the Saints. Regardless, the clock continues to tick, the free-agency period continues to loom, and no deal has been done. Until a new deal is signed, a chance remains that Brees will decide to explore what else is out there and, possibly, to become the latest franchise quarterback to make a late-career franchise change — regardless of what he has said in the past about staying where he’s been since 2006.

5 responses to “When will Saints and Drew Brees do their next deal?

  1. It’s still nearly inconceivable to envision Brees playing for any team other than the Saints

    No more inconceivable than:
    Montana to the Chiefs
    Namath to the Jets
    Jerry Rice to the Raiders

  2. If you think the Saints were handicapped by the well deserved pay he got in his last contract, he did take them to a win in SB 44, wait until you see how handicapped they’ll be if he leaves.

  3. “Handicapped my team for years”? He was paid what Hall of Fame quarterbacks should make. Before you say “What about Tom Brady?” His wife makes more than he does, and he will get his from Robert Kraft upon retirement that won’t count against the cap.

  4. “Handicapped my team for years”? Stafford, Palmer, Rivers, Garoppolo, Carr and Luck all make more than Brees. Yet nobody seems to call them greedy team handicappers. Explain.

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