Payton agrees with Brees’ decision not to talk contract during season

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees recently applied a deadline for extending his contract, which currently is entering its final year. Once the regular season starts, Brees won’t be interested in talking.

His head coach agrees with that approach.

“Just having seen the interview and his comments, they totally make sense,” Sean Payton said on Friday’s PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio. “It was the case [five] years back. You don’t want to be, A, as team or, B, as a player focusing on player contracts right during the middle of the season. . . . I wouldn’t say that there hasn’t been a sense of urgency with [G.M.] Mickey [Loomis] and [agent] Tom [Condon]. Those guys are the ones that are in contact and are the ones that are doing it. . . . I just know how Drew is and his focus and his ability to work and concentrate on the task at hand that won’t be altered, and that’s a strength of his.”

The strength of the final year of Brees’ contract becomes a potential weakness for the team, if the deal isn’t done before Week One. Come 2017, his $30 million cap number for 2016 becomes a $43.2 million franchise tender. Which makes it very unlikely that the franchise tag would be used again on Brees, like it was in 2012.

Many will say it’s far more likely that the two sides will work something out long before it’s time to use the tag. Of course, many also thought the deal would be done before Brees’ $30 million cap figure hit the books on March 9.

10 responses to “Payton agrees with Brees’ decision not to talk contract during season

  1. Of course Payton is going to say he agrees with Brees. What choice does he have. As management continues to be frustrated behind closed doors, the coach has to show unity. Even though he knows as well as everyone else that the Brees contract is why this has been a .500 team for the past few years.

  2. Saints GM Loomis is clueless. Last time Benson had to back up a dump truck of cash to keep Brees, he’ll do the same this time.

  3. fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me…no way even Loomis signs a declining Brees to a similar contract. Brees now late in the 4th qtr of his career, trying for another miracle touchdown…

  4. jfcol says:
    May 29, 2016 2:15 PM
    Of course Payton is going to say he agrees with Brees. What choice does he have. As management continues to be frustrated behind closed doors, the coach has to show unity. Even though he knows as well as everyone else that the Brees contract is why this has been a .500 team for the past few years.
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    The cap numbers of his contract:
    $10.4M, 17.4M, 18.4M, 23.8M, 30M.
    Only in ’15, ’16 could the numbers be deemed high enough to have any serious impact on the cap. Very few contracts with those types of balloon numbers at the back end ever reach them. The Saints failure to redo his contract before last year may have impacted them minimally but it is their mismanagement of the rest of their cap that has put them in the hole. Their dead cap hits since he broke the $18M mark: $16.4, 34.2, 31.4 so tell us again how Brees contract is the problem. SIXTY FIVE MILLION $ in dead cap hits in two years and you are looking at Brees as the problem????

  5. krypo567 says:
    May 29, 2016 2:52 PM
    I don’t think Brees can be tagged again can he? Once in SD, once in NO, and that’s it under the CBA Mike.
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    You are mistaken, he can be tagged again. But the cost would be $42M

  6. It’s called multi-tasking Drew, I know it’s difficult but working people do it all the time

  7. Bree’s has priced himself out of the nfl. He is declining and not nearly worth what the market might in line him to be worth. It’s time to start thinking about the road ahead but the saints have that small market me falling where they would rather hold onto their hero and rode hi into the toilet than think about the future. As long as Bree’s is there tickets sell, forget about the fans and having a semblance of a competitive team. Shame in Bree’s.

  8. Bree’s has priced himself out of the nfl. He is declining and not nearly worth what the market might in line him to be worth.
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    2015: 428 for 4870 yds 32 TDs and 11 INTs
    Sounds like declining numbers? Then there are 31 other QBs that are seriously declining in the NFL LOL

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