Drew Brees prefers extension, but is ready to play out current deal

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The Saints and quarterback Drew Brees still haven’t worked out a new contract that would reduce his $30 million cap number for 2016. Publicly, both sides continue to say all the right things.

I’m very confident that it will [get done],” Brees told Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt of SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday.

So what if it doesn’t get done?

“I’ve got one year left, so it’s not the end of the world if it doesn’t and we play through the year,” Brees said. “I did that back in 2011. I’d rather not do that.”

The difference between 2011 and 2016 is that the Saints would be looking at a franchise tender of $43.2 million to keep Brees around for 2017, which means that the franchise tag most likely would not be applied to Brees. Which makes rumors of the Saints making a play for a guy like Paxton Lynch even more intriguing, since that would place Brees squarely in the Sam Bradford “stop-gap” category for the rest of 2016. It’s territory with which Brees is particularly familiar, given that he was playing for the Chargers when Philip Rivers arrived in 2004 as the fourth overall pick.

The best move for both sides would be to work out a long-term deal that cements Brees’ status as the starter for the next two or three years, obviating the need for looking at quarterbacks in the draft and allowing the Saints to use those picks elsewhere.

To the extent that the team’s inability to sign cornerback Josh Norman constituted the first shot in a P.R. battle between Brees and the Saints over the inability to reduce his cap charge due presumably to his contract demands, the P.R. battle will proceed to the next level if a high pick in the draft ends up being devoted to a position at which the Saints don’t have a need in 2016 — but could in 2017.

51 responses to “Drew Brees prefers extension, but is ready to play out current deal

  1. The Saints should just trade Brees to to the highest bidder, tank the season and get the 1st overall pick in a rebuild. There is no way they can win in that cap situation. Might as well start the rebuild now instead of delay the inevitable

  2. The Saints wouldn’t be in this situation if payton and Loomis weren’t so terrible at cap management. Look at all the dead money they wanted the last 2 seasons. 30 and 25 million. Saints are a joke

  3. The Saints need to turn this guy loose … no loyalty to the team by restructuring his contract and giving the team the cap relief they need … he comes off as a greedy me first player …

  4. Every article on this brings out the Brees greed comments but this cap pill has been looming since 2012 and that’s not his fault. Brees didn’t write the contract or fail to make a decent restructure offer before it got to it’s final year either, that’s on Loomis. Rather than looking at the coming year’s contract, that will most likely never see a snap, a little perspective might be in order. Brady is always pointed at as playing for less but while he could certainly command more that less is actually more reflective of his cap number not his cash earnings. His contract almost always gets ripped up in 3 years or less and there’s a new one with a big restructure/signing bonus. In his 16 year career Brady has earned $162.8M, in 15 years Brees has earned $12.5M less. For a little more perspective Eli Manning has been paid $187.8 million in 12 years, I am a Giants fan but I have to say Brees has been a relative bargain by comparison.

  5. This is what the colts would look like if they hadn’t sucked for Luck. Hopefully, the Saints figure out the quickest path back to playoff regularity is a 23 yr old QB needs to replace the 40 yr old over paid one.

  6. Pushing back (once again) as much of the 3oM Cap Hit will be part of the leverage that Brees has going for him towards an extension of his contract. Watch; he will sign a four or five year deal that pushes the majority of the Cap back into the last two years that no one expects to see played out………

    A trade saves 20M in Cap Space (10M Dead Money remains) while a cut only saves 10M with the Cap Hit being 20M in Dead Money. Given that they Saints already have 25M in Dead Money hitting this seasons cap numbers, I don’t see anything happening other than a trade or extension.

  7. He can still sling the ball a little bit, but he’s not worth the money.

    But above all else, he’s a despicable human being.

  8. Yes, you need an elite QB to win – although a great defence can occasionally overcome the lack.

    But for that kind of money he’d better be able to throw, catch, rush the passer, and drop back in coverage as well. Because you won’t be able to afford anyone that can fill these rolls – except a few rookies that will leave as soon as they can.

    Doesn’t matter when the old deal was signed, that cap hit is insane. The Lakers did this to themselves with Kobe and just had their worst season ever. That’s where Brees is taking the Saints.

    Note: I may be from Texas, but I love New Orleans. Was a fan of Archie and hated to see him get pounded year after year. Thought Bum and Earl might be able to get them straightened out but they didn’t have anything left. Loved it when Brees & Co won the SB. But this is just nuts. Sign him to something that lets you rebuild or turn the page.

  9. Stop it. Breeze is a good community leader let alone a HOF qb but at the end of the day, he wants to be paid one last time. Is this wrong cop killing NO? LMAO. Deal with it Bourbon St. You aint going anywhere with him or without! FACT!

  10. Change the rules back so it’s not such a Arena Football-like pass friendly league. That will take care of these $20+M per year QB contracts.

    I’d rather watch a hard fought 17-13 game than “shoot-out” 49-35 jokes.

  11. Cut him, not worth the expense of the entire team. Not the face of the city.. He would be more Bradyesk… Make big money but also manage what is best for team as a whole.

  12. Trade him to Denver for a first, third this year and 2nd next year plus Sanchez.

  13. Overrated. Can only win if the team cheats.
    He will never make it to another SB as long as the team he is on plays fair.
    Pathetic.
    Too bad he didn’t make it on his own merits.

  14. The same kind of drama was played up about Sean Payton leaving, but it turned out to be nothing. The Saints know their best chance to win is with Drew, and he’ll get a 2 year extension, as rational logic would assume. Move along, nothing here for the fans of other teams to troll over. This year the Saints will return to their winning ways.

  15. Brees is the greediest player in the NFL. Saying he didn’t wrist the contract is the ultimate cop-out. He and his agent did write the terms, and he’s taken advantage of the franchise. He only cares about the money, and he’s always been disingenuous in his statements about his contract dealings. The Saints would be in abetter position to reload and rebuild without him.

  16. ..and that’s how it goes folks……..like it or not………if you backload a contract or defer money via bonus money…….the bill has to be paid.
    It’s not just Brees, it’s every team on your roster unless they amortorize the value of the contract. signing bonus/gurantees over the life of the deal, has a deal in place like that.
    Most often, for the team to juggle money around too.
    No disrespect.

  17. The Saints are becoming the NFL’s version of our Lakers here in LA, who held on to Kobe Bryant 3 years too long. While Kobe benefited from his farewell tour, the Lakers have become a “glorified D-League” lottery team.

    Unfortunately, even with all the money he has made, and the cost of living in New Orleans a pittance in comparison to living here in LA, Brees is acting like things are expensive there and is showing his true selfishness by not caring about anyone except him.

    It’s funny how he was willing to chat about a restructure so the team could possibly sign Josh Norman, but he wouldn’t move a muscle for Jimmy Graham or Darren Sproles to stay on the team. Go figure.

    I appreciate the title he and his teammates brought to my hometown team, but the team isn’t still paying Reggie Bush, Pierre Thomas, Tracy Porter, Jonathan Vilma and other teammates from that title team. So, why do they have to continue to pay Drew when he got paid for that season.

    As one professional hockey coach responded after the Lakers gave Kobe an insane $50m contract out the door: “Teams need to stop paying athletes for things they’ve already paid them for.” He’s right.

    While Drew had some skewed stats last season, there were times he looked awful. We don’t need another “Peyton Manning” kind of situation coming from the QB position.

    Thanks for the memories Drew, but Father Time is STILL, the undisputed champion of sports. It’s time to move on Saints.

  18. The Saints can’t trade Brees, because no one is going to eat that huge contract. They have to cut him and then rebuild.

  19. Judging from comments, even the most diehard Saints fans are starting to see this guys true colors. And they aren’t black and gold. They’re green. And to those who say he should go for as much as he can or blame it all on the team’s mismanagement of money, you’re not looking at reality. The team is where it is. Brees is the only player in a position to change that. He either does that for the good of his team or he rides it down in flames. Makes no sense for a guy supposedly committed to a city and worried about his legacy.

  20. “I’ve got one year left, so it’s not the end of the world if it doesn’t and we play through the year,” Brees said.
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    Wow, I wouldn’t worry about getting paid $30M either if they don’t work something out.

  21. 1. New Orleans needs to rebuild. The roster has fallen apart due to cap mismanagement.

    2. Brees is getting old.

    The Saints should trade him for future draft picks, like next years #1 or the 2017,2018 #2s and #3s. Tank for a year, get the #1 pick and draft a QB. With some good drafting they can be back in a few years.

    Otherwise they can tread water forever, and Brees will eventually retire or leave.

  22. Trade him to Denver, add Defense, rebuild. Brees cashed in here with contract, wins and a horrible sandwich francise and we thank him for his time. He has value now. Saints will not be contenders for at least three years….

  23. jag1959 says:
    Apr 26, 2016 8:46 PM
    …In his 16 year career Brady has earned $162.8M, in 15 years Brees has earned $12.5M less. For a little more perspective Eli Manning has been paid $187.8 million in 12 years…
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    Brees’ figures are skewed by not being THE franchise QB, battling against Flutie and then Rivers for the starting job for most of his 5yrs in San Diego. He earned $12M there but $8M of that only came in his 5th year due to a franchise tag. A better comparison would be the past decade since Brees joined the Saints. During that time he’s earned $138M – which is $10M more than Brady. But more to point, Brady has always been happy to tear up and restructure for the team’s sake, whereas the Saints are exactly at .500 (33-33, inc 1-1 playoffs) since Brees took his record-breaking pay day.

  24. The Saints aren’t winning anything for a few more decades again.
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    Worth every penny: Super Bowl 44 Champions…YES!!!!

  25. Of course Failcon fans don’t want us to sign Brees… Brees tore their team up what like 14 out of 18 times LOL

  26. My source says Jets want Lynch bad, will be trading up if they have to in order to get him.

  27. Saints fans are dreaming if they think any NFL team would be interested in trading for Brees with his age and contract. I understand a player wanting to get every penny they can, but don’t then try and claim you are all in for the team.

  28. It is funny to me the level of ignorance from a lot of posters concerning NFL contracts.

    1st…..If you believe Breed is getting $30 million this season leave the conversation now. $30 million is his cap number. You want to know why it’s that high? Because the Saints were already in cap hell even before Brees signed his current deal so they pushed most of his cap numbers for his bonuses towards the backend of his contract.

    The contract Brees signed in 2012 was a $100 million contract over 5 years. Because the Saints were already having cap issues they wrote it so the first year Brees counted only $10.4 million against the cap even though he was paid $40 million in base salary and bonuses that season. This lowered his cap number in 2012 and enabled the Saints to sign additional players and free agents.
    I believe the same game was played over the next year or two. But that $30 million cap hit doesn’t just disappear by the end of the contract it starts hitting hard.

    That’s how big time NFL contracts work. The Saints just did it bigger because their cap situation has been poor for years now. Most any other player besides a quarterback would have been forced to take a paycut or gotten cut towards the backend of the contract and fans wouldn’t have cared too much either because most players are no longer elite at the end of a contract. The reason fans care now is because Brees is still elite and the face of the franchise. He lead the league in passing yards and had 31tds vs 11 ints. So he has massive leverage and fans don’t like that. The interesting thing is his contract pays him $20 million per year which is below what a QB of his level would get on the open market. Osweiller got $18 million on the open market. Bradford didn’t even test the open market and he got $17.5 million. His supposed back up got $7 million. Robert Griffin who hasn’t been good for 3 years and was basically a 3rd stringer last year got a contract worth as much as $11 million per year……so please save the nonsense that Brees is overpaid or greedy. You are just mad that he is still elite and he has the upper hand on the team in terms of negotiations. If he is cut now and becomes a free agent he will get a contract that pays him $22-$25 million per season. It may not be a long contract due to his age but he would get it.

  29. streetyson says:
    Apr 27, 2016 8:26 AM
    Brees’ figures are skewed by not being THE franchise QB, battling against Flutie and then Rivers for the starting job for most of his 5yrs in San Diego. He earned $12M there but $8M of that only came in his 5th year due to a franchise tag. A better comparison would be the past decade since Brees joined the Saints. During that time he’s earned $138M – which is $10M more than Brady. But more to point, Brady has always been happy to tear up and restructure for the team’s sake, whereas the Saints are exactly at .500 (33-33, inc 1-1 playoffs) since Brees took his record-breaking pay day.
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    The point wasn’t to disparage Brady’s willingness to make his cap number more favorable or to intimate he couldn’t have earned more, in fact it was the opposite. NE has worked the cap well enough that both the team and Brady have benefited from it although, again, Brady could have easily commanded more. Does anyone really believe Brees wouldn’t rather have earned more of his cash in bonus money or had a very high percentage guaranteed? My point was when it comes to the cap, and the QB’s percentage of it, the Saints have consistently mishandled it while the Patriots have mastered it and the Giants have proportionately allocated it poorly by comparison. I appreciate that on Eli’s watch Big Blue has won two SB’s but I am not such a shameless homer that I would compare him favorably to Brady or Brees.

  30. You aint going anywhere with him or without! FACT!
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    Let’s stick to the REAL facts:

    Brees = SB44MVP/Future 1st Ballot HOFer
    Saints = SB44 Champions
    Falcons/Vikings = Empty Trophy Cases

  31. Overrated. Can only win if the team cheats.
    He will never make it to another SB as long as the team he is on plays fair.
    Pathetic.
    Too bad he didn’t make it on his own merits
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    Brees > Rodgers by a mile……….

  32. Would love to see Brees in Denver!
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    Yeah Brees would win 10 Super Bowls in a row with that defense…

  33. sb44champs says:
    Apr 27, 2016 10:49 AM
    You aint going anywhere with him or without! FACT!
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    Let’s stick to the REAL facts:

    Brees = SB44MVP/Future 1st Ballot HOFer
    Saints = SB44 Champions
    Falcons/Vikings = Empty Trophy Cases

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    Wow……harsh reality depicted there

  34. Wow……harsh reality depicted there
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    It sure is… For non-Super Bowl winning teams

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