Brees injury clouds his future in New Orleans

AP

With Saints quarterback Drew Brees missing his first game in his 10th season with the team, the question now becomes whether there will be an 11th.

Brees signed in 2012 a five-year contract that maxes out in 2016 with a $27.4 million cap number. He’ll be 37 next year, and the Saints could free up $20 million in cash and cap space by moving on.

Before the Saints would move on, they’d need to have a viable alternative. Luke McCown gets a chance to prove on Sunday that it could be him. Eventually rookie Garrett Grayson could play, if Brees’ absence continues.

Or maybe the Saints will “earn” the ability to take a quarterback early in the 2016 draft.

It’s unclear how long Brees will be out. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media says that Brees already is a long shot to play in next Sunday night’s game against the Cowboys, and that the bruise in his rotator cuff actually is a small tear.

Regardless of when Brees plays again this year, there’s now a feeling similar to the sense in Indianapolis four years ago that Peyton Manning was on his way out. Much of the final decision will hinge on whether the Brees have someone else they can bring in — and/or whether Brees would take a lot less to stick around.

47 responses to “Brees injury clouds his future in New Orleans

  1. Saints should not be trying to win games this year. Could be an awkward situation when Brees comes back because he won’t lie down.

    Just hope they win a couple so the Bears can get the number one overall pick.

  2. I like Drew but remember when he said he would try to play until he was 50? Then he brought the age down to 45. Hate to say it but you wonder if he’ll even make it to age 40 as a starting QB in the NFL. If the Saints part ways the only places he could legitimately go would be dome or warm weather teams. I could see him with the Texans. But he doesn’t have the arm strength anymore to play regularly in the East or North NFL divisions.

  3. You know it’s time to blow it up and rebuild when you are 0-2 in the NFC south and your starting QB is injured.
    Get any draft picks you can. Tank the season, it isn’t cheating because the Colts sucked for Luck and that’s OK with Goodell.

  4. DaveKShape says:
    Sep 27, 2015 9:54 AM
    Brees is declining for sure, but it wasn’t him that gave out all those terrible contracts.

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    That’s true but Bree’s contract is one of the worst.

    I can’t believe that when rumors came out that he had a multiweek injury that everyone in the saints disputed it including pushing the notion that he’d be a full go for this weekend.

    This is about as bad as the Bears refusing to talk about Alshon Jeffery’s availability. All this cloak and dagger stuff for 2 0-2 teams.

  5. Brees killed the team demanding such a ridiculous contract at his age at the time. Even if he agreed to restructure, the damage has already been done.

  6. I remember when the Dolphins could have had him, but took Dante Culpepper with a bad knee instead! If I remember Brees was coming off a shoulder injury…Just goes to show, it’s all a crap-shoot.

  7. Brees’ status as hero to the Saints Nation is cemented in franchise history. I am hoping he takes the salary cut for the sake of the team so that he can stay in NOLa and retire a Saint.

    Would he really go play for another team? His kids were born in New Orleans plus–and more importantly–given the dearth of talent at the QB position across the league, there is no one else lined up who would give the team a decent chance of winning.

  8. Given NO’s salary cap situation, I don’t see how they don’t part with Brees after this season, barring a quick return by Brees and a highly unlikely run deep into the playoffs. It’s simply too much cap space to forego for a QB that can’t possibly cover up all the issues on that roster.

    Remember, they got rid of Jimmy Graham because they basically couldn’t afford him.

  9. Brees put the Saints on the map after decades of being the ‘Aints. It seems a little premature to be shoveling in the dirt on a great career. Yes the cap hit is preposterous but it seems like there should be more discussion of a possible restructure/extension than moving on. While it is true Father Time is undefeated I find it hard to accept he has scored a knock out based on Brees missing his first game with the team in 10 years

  10. The Saints have a lousy defense, but they still keep Ryan.

    The Saints trade away Graham, but then blame Brees for an ineffective offense.

    The Saints have not found any gems in the UFA pool this season nor any breakout rookie stars in their draft.

    Now, they want to blame Brees for poor state the team is in? This nonsense is the same as blaming a race car driver for a bad car design, poor pit crew performance, and mismanagement by the pit boss and owner.

  11. I am sure fans in Buffalo and NY will be drooling over the opportunity to acquire him. The only thing separating those teams from New England is the QB. Brees would make those teams instant contenders.

  12. Are you people kidding about his contract and being greedy? Drew Brees is the best thing that has ever happened to the New Orleans Saints. His first six years in NOLA were a bargain for the Saints for what he gave them in return, and he has consistently been a top 3-5 QB in the NFL the past 10 years. Even the years the Saints didn’t make the playoffs, it wasn’t because of Brees. He is making the money due a top QB in the league, meanwhile giving tons of money to charity and doing more for the community of New Orleans than any other local athlete in memory.

  13. Aaron Rodgers – $22 mil/year
    Russell Wilson – $21.9 mil/year
    Big Ben – $21.85 mil/year
    Eli Manning – $21 mil/year
    Phillip Rivers – $20.812 mil/year
    Cam Newton – $20.76 mil/year
    Matt Ryan – $20.75 mil/year
    Joe Flacco – $20.1 mil/year
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    Drew Brees – $20 mil/year
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    Ryan Tannehill – $19.25 mil/year
    Colin Kaepernick – $19 mil/year
    Jay Cutler – $18.1 mil/year

    You can stop talking trash about Brees’ contract now. Would you rather give Tannehill $19.25 mil per year or Brees $20 mil per year? As far as I can tell, Brees turned out to be a value QB.

    and on that note, Brees needs to start thinking retirement. He has been the most awesome thing to ever happen to the Saints, and will be in hearts of Who Dat Nation forever. As a fan, I dont want to see him end his career on a few bad years, getting benched, etc. I want him to go out on top and retire, not playing for any other team. If you gave me $5 million dollars today, I could retire at 31, and grow that money perpetually. Bress has plenty of money to retire with, endorsement deals that may continue, and tremendous opportunity to coach or be a TV analyst.

    I love you Drew, but we are in rebuilding mode. A $20 mil QB with very few years left is not a part of that formula.

  14. Luke McNown =Drew Brees? Uh, no. From the looks of the rest of the roster it may be time to rebuild instead of retool. Top of the draft QB’s are still a risk; for every Peyton there is a Ryan Leaf. Not everyone (hardly anyone) goes from Favre to Rodgers.

  15. Why have the Saints fallen so hard, so fast? Thank the front office….Mickey Loomis & Co. Poor drafts, terrible free agent acquisitions that have yet to deliver and plenty of bad contracts that now equal “dead weight” against the salary cap. Drew was paid that contract on his past….a decision the front office allowed to happen.

  16. Announce your retirement, effective at the end of the season . You get a nice little farewell tour, sold- out home games, maybe inspire your team to make the playoffs, retire as a Saint, and get a cushy office job with the organization.

  17. Brees is done in NO even though all you homers don’t realize it. Brees has always cared more about individual stats and accolades Instead of winning . What sums up Brees is the night he passed Johnny Unitas for most consecutive games with a TD pass. He had all his friends and family there, they stopped the game when he threw the TD pass, he celebrated on the field, running around like a high schooler, and they were LOSING the game at the time. It was truly embarrassing. There is ZERO chance Brady, Rogers, Peyton, etc… Would have done that just because of some individual accomplishment.

  18. reyouseriousrofl says:
    Sep 27, 2015 11:06 AM

    Aaron Rodgers – $22 mil/year
    Russell Wilson – $21.9 mil/year
    Big Ben – $21.85 mil/year
    Eli Manning – $21 mil/year
    Phillip Rivers – $20.812 mil/year
    Cam Newton – $20.76 mil/year
    Matt Ryan – $20.75 mil/year
    Joe Flacco – $20.1 mil/year
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    Drew Brees – $20 mil/year
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    Ryan Tannehill – $19.25 mil/year
    Colin Kaepernick – $19 mil/year
    Jay Cutler – $18.1 mil/year

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    Sorry, but this is not correct. I believe you are looking at the annual average of their full contract. For the purpose of the 2015 salary cap:

    Drew Brees $26,400,000
    Philip Rivers $21,166,668
    Matt Ryan $19,500,000
    Aaron Rodgers $18,250,000
    Matt Stafford $17,721,250
    Peyton Manning $17,500,000
    Ben Roethlisberger $17,245,000
    Jay Cutler $16,500,000
    Alex Smith $15,600,000
    Colin Kaepernick $15,265,753
    Tony Romo $14,973,000
    Joe Flacco $14,550,000
    Eli Manning $14,450,000
    Tom Brady $14,000,000

  19. If the Saints get the number one pick in the draft, they’ll be in position to take Jared Goff, the phenom from Cal. If not, they already have a young blue chip QB on their roster, Garrett Grayson. The Saints’ future looks bright.

  20. Good lord…he’s out one game with an injury (his first since 2009) and suddenly it’s time to move on? Give the guy a chance to recover, he obviously isn’t going to throw it as well if he’s been playing hurt.

    Want to talk age? Peyton career nearly ended at age 35. At age 37 he had the best statistical season any QB has ever had.

    Football players get injuries and perform less well, but play better when they get healthy again. Calm down, PFT.

  21. thun2der says:
    Sep 27, 2015 11:40 AM
    Brees is done in NO even though all you homers don’t realize it. Brees has always cared more about individual stats and accolades Instead of winning . What sums up Brees is the night he passed Johnny Unitas for most consecutive games with a TD pass. He had all his friends and family there, they stopped the game when he threw the TD pass, he celebrated on the field, running around like a high schooler, and they were LOSING the game at the time. It was truly embarrassing. There is ZERO chance Brady, Rogers, Peyton, etc… Would have done that just because of some individual accomplishment.

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    Might want to go watch that again – that TD tied the game for the Saints. Brees ran to go hug the person who got the TD, which he does after every single touchdown. He was hugged and congratulated by some teammates on the field, which actually also happens after every TD. He also has friends and family at every single game, like most players probably do – the telecast maybe made a big deal of showing them applauding, but it’s not like Brees threw himself some grand celebration. I think you have this scenario skewed in your mind for some reason in a way that is not actual reality. It’s online, you can go see for yourself.

  22. A great QB and a true class act who never cheated. Father Time catches up to them all, unless, you know, they cheat. Like all the true greats who played well as they approached 40 (Montana, Elway, Favre, etc), Brees shows the signs of age that only a cheater could possibly avoid.

  23. Brees will not be in NO next year, if he is that will set back the rebuilding mode about 5 years. With that said, I think it is fair to say that he is the most beloved Saint, even ahead of Archie Manning.

  24. Sbc85 try again . Brees went to the NFL before the game to get an exception to have Payton there to watch his ” great ” achievement , since Payton was serving his season long suspension at the time. Mr Indoors was so proud of himself, when no other QB would give a damn

  25. Just blame Roger for robbing the Saints of the last chance they had to win with Brees and Payton. The Bountygate season would have been there for them to take it had they not gotten screwed.

  26. Yea I would rather pay Tannehill 19plus m a year because he’s young and only rising in the league. Even though his line stinks, he is rated 6th right now. His defense is terrible too. So ofcourse I rather have a young top 6 QB and the Saints paying 20m to a old qb when the rest of the team has holes was a bad contract. Who Dat:(

  27. thun2der says:
    Sep 27, 2015 12:34 PM
    Sbc85 try again . Brees went to the NFL before the game to get an exception to have Payton there to watch his ” great ” achievement , since Payton was serving his season long suspension at the time. Mr Indoors was so proud of himself, when no other QB would give a damn

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    That was completely because Roger Goodell, who had barred Payton from even talking to anyone associated with the NFL, had ruled that Gregg Williams could attend the Rams game that same week. I and most in the Saints community completely believed Brees simply used that to force Goodell into giving Payton the same privilege, esp. since Williams was suspended “indefinitely” at the time while Payton’s was only for a season. But you are going to believe whatever you want.

  28. psychotim says:
    Sep 27, 2015 11:45 AM

    Sorry, but this is not correct. I believe you are looking at the annual average of their full contract. For the purpose of the 2015 salary cap:

    Drew Brees $26,400,000
    Philip Rivers $21,166,668
    Matt Ryan $19,500,000
    Aaron Rodgers $18,250,000
    Matt Stafford $17,721,250
    Peyton Manning $17,500,000
    Ben Roethlisberger $17,245,000
    Jay Cutler $16,500,000
    Alex Smith $15,600,000
    Colin Kaepernick $15,265,753
    Tony Romo $14,973,000
    Joe Flacco $14,550,000
    Eli Manning $14,450,000
    Tom Brady $14,000,000

    Yes I was looking at average annual salary, because that amounts to what they are paid per year, aka value. That said, back loading the deal may have been an unwise decision, but “greed” on Brees’ behalf has nothing to do with back loading. Yes his cap number is huge, but in terms of what it cost to get him under contract versus what we got out of it? It was a win/win. A lot of the QBs above have new contracts with “low” front end salary caps, so while it looks like Brees is getting paid way more than the rest, it’s only because we are now at the stacked end of his deal. That’s why I prefer to look an average annual salary because it is a true reflection of the value of the entire deal on an annual basis.

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