If Drew Brees will consider leaving, Browns could make an enormous offer

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Drew Brees has said repeatedly this offseason that he has no interest in playing for any team other than the Saints. But with each passing day, Brees gets one day closer to his contract with the Saints expiring. Which means that with each passing day, we’re one day closer to some team being able — without risking a tampering violation — to try to convince Brees to leave.

And that brings us to the Browns.

New Browns G.M. John Dorsey has indicated that he wants to end the slow rebuild and win right away, and there’s no player who would more epitomize an effort to win right away than Brees. And the Browns could make an offer to Brees that would blow all other offers away.

The Browns are estimated to have a whopping $110 million in 2018 salary cap space, meaning they’re first in the league in cap space by more than $30 million. Cleveland could offer Brees an insane contract. Cleveland could sign him to a one-year, $50 million contract and the Browns would still have $60 million in cap space, which would still be more than all but four other teams.

Would Brees consider going to the Browns? Probably not. Remember, this is all hypothetical until Brees comes off his stance that he’s staying in New Orleans.

But Cleveland wouldn’t necessarily be as bad a destination as you might think the Browns’ 0-16 record makes them. If Brees were to sign with the Browns he’d have Joe Thomas protecting his blind side. He’d have Josh Gordon as his No. 1 receiver. And he’d have all the talent that the Browns’ remaining cap space could buy — and that’s before the Browns add even more talent in this year’s draft, when Cleveland has the first overall pick, the fourth overall pick, as well as picks No. 33, 35, 64 and 65.

The Browns are loaded with cap space and could be loaded with good young talent if Dorsey drafts well. Brees insists he’s not leaving New Orleans, but the Browns would be wise to prepare a huge offer, just in case a deal isn’t done by the time free agency begins.

77 responses to “If Drew Brees will consider leaving, Browns could make an enormous offer

  1. Interesting theory. Don’t think there is a chance it happens, but interesting to ponder none the less.

  2. If Brees is committed to playing for 3 more years, then I could see it. If he is only going to do it for 1 year, than what’s the point? The Browns should definitely be getting a lot better very quickly but even Brees wouldnt get them over the hump in just 1 season.

  3. He won’t have a dome and will have to play in some really bad elements in that division in December. Not going to happen.

  4. Why would the Browns do this? That’s keeping 110 million they doesn’t have to pay. Quite a rebate for Haslam. Plus it’s not fraud to take advantage of Brown fans.

  5. I just looked up their 0-16 season

    2 overtime losses and they were sort of competitive in 7 games, an upgrade at QB could turn that into a 7-9 season

  6. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    February 17, 2018 at 9:21 am
    He won’t have a dome and will have to play in some really bad elements in that division in December. Not going to happen

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    Says every pat fan or AFC fan. There are no good QBs in the AFC, which is the reason NE ends up in the SB.

  7. They went 0-16. I don’t care what anyone says…. if that was easy to do, there would be more teams doing it. They should be focusing on drafting a franchise guy. They have like 4 young guys on the roster, either develop them or draft Darnold. To have 110 in cap space, is embarrassing to the fans of Cleveland, and to spend 50 if that on a qb, that has at best 2-4 years left, maybe less playing up North in the elements?
    Just stop, you’ve sucked for so long, just draft a top guy, surround him with talent and let them develop. 2 more years of not being a great team but a developing team won’t kill you, if you do it right.

    And I think the team needs to re evaluate its talent. They just went 0-16. Nobody should be safe on this team

  8. LOL, yeah he will consider going to Cleveland about as much as someone would consider going through chemotherapy just for the fun of it.

  9. If the Browns do this, they are even more pitiful than I thought. Brees is 39 years old, and the guy who would be protecting from the left tackle spot (Joe Thomas) is 33 years old. Thomas got hurt back in October and was put on injured reserve and that was the first time he had ever missed a game in his 11 year career, which means he has a lot of mileage on him.
    The Browns are nowhere near being a contender and Brees would be foolish to even think about playing there.

  10. I’m convinced at the combine that the Browns will be trading both of their first round picks and maybe more to the Packers for Aaron Rodgers and make him the highest paid player ever. New packers regime will spin it and packer fans will loose their minds

  11. The Saints are knocking on the door right now, and the knock is a loud one. The Saints lost on a fluke and they’re coming back next year with a vengeance, and with Drew Brees. If Jeff Ireland can have another draft that’s even close to what they did last year, that will push the Saints well over the top. This is not the right timing for Brees to walk away. He has a legitimate shot to go out on top if he stays in New Orleans. Cleveland is a mess. I have very little confidence in John Dorsey. If Brees talks to Dorsey, he’ll be looking for the exit signs after about one minute. If you want to know if Brees can still run, watch how fast he runs for the door.

  12. If the Vikings signed Brees, they would win the Super Bowl.
    Sign Brees…bolster the O-Line….get Dalvin Cook back and bring the same Defense back….they would win the Super Bowl.

  13. tinye67 says:
    February 17, 2018 at 10:20 am

    If the Vikings signed Brees, they would win the Super Bowl.
    Sign Brees…bolster the O-Line….get Dalvin Cook back and bring the same Defense back….they would win the Super Bowl.
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    If Cook is still Cook, that will help enormously. I don’t think they need anymore defense, they just need to not wilt again on the big stage… and I put that on Zimmer. In his defense, he’s still young as a head coach and this was his first trip to the top of the heap. He’ll either have learned something from it, or he won’t. Only time will tell. Zimmer shocked me this year. I’d have bet the house he’d never get his team back after losing them last year but he certainly proved me wrong.

    IF the Browns landed Brees, I’d look for the contract to be heavily front-loaded. They’re sitting on a ton of cap room so they can eat the cap hit now, and save later years’ cap for other guys. It’s risky, but when it works it works well.

  14. Any free agent Qb considering the Browns (Buffalo, Chicago, Green Bay, New England, the New York teams and the rest of the Northern out door playing teams) better have an Arm like a missile launcher, The only Qb’s that win in those places, Big Ben, Brady, Eli they have above average NFL arms. Cleveland needs a QB with a top notch arm with the weather that being on that lake provides……That being said Drew Brees is not the QB for that. Average at best arm, hes a dome QB, he wouldn’t be the QB he has been playing in any of the cities above mentioned……HE would be more of an Andy Dalton type good numbers not great..

  15. Drew Brees is and always has been all about the money. While he comes across in the media as an “aw shucks” humble nice guy, he is tough to re-sign because he wants top dollar. He isn’t like Tom Brady who gladly takes a big discount so the team can sign other players. This theory that if the Browns or say the Jets offered ridiculous money is not far fetched. He loves New Orleans but he could be tempted if the amount is big enough.

  16. Brees would get huge offers from other teams, as well as the Browns. The Browns might be the highest bidder but I would think that Brees would rather go to a team that has a decent shot at getting to the Super Bowl.

  17. donbat67 says:
    February 17, 2018 at 9:27 am
    No way in the world he leaves New Orleans to go to CLEVELAND ….Mistake by the Lake .

    Yeah, New Orleans is such a wonderful place. Cleveland is only a “Mistake by the Lake” during the winter. New Orleans has that stench 24/365.

  18. pauldeba says:
    February 17, 2018 at 9:28 am
    I just looked up their 0-16 season

    2 overtime losses and they were sort of competitive in 7 games, an upgrade at QB could turn that into a 7-9 season

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    And I dont think a 7-9 season is worth that kind of money. Nor do I think Brees would like it, money aside. I think its a better solution if the Browns draft a franchise guy and develop him over the next couple to three years while rebuilding the team. This first year invest that money in good qb orotection so the developing guy isnt getting the tar whipped out of him while he works on growth.

    As far as the ‘be competative now’ thing. Thats a dream. They need to build on what they have fir a couple years and not stub toes on the way. Thats been the biggest thing right there is all the one step forward two back stuff.

  19. In my opinion, the team to watch is Minnesota.
    I know saints fans are all going to give me thumbs down, but there is less than a month to do a deal with the Saints before Brees is officially an UFA.

    I don’t think it will happen. But if it hasn’t happened yet, and there is no word on negotiations, each passing day it gets harder for the Saints to keep Brees.

  20. “This theory that if the Browns or say the Jets offered ridiculous money is not far fetched. He loves New Orleans but he could be tempted if the amount is big enough”

    Jacksonville, Arizona and Denver also come to mind.

  21. Part of what the Browns could be paying for if they did a 2 year deal would be the records Brees would break.

    I doubt it happens, but it would be smart for the Browns to at least consider.

  22. What does Brees want?

    He already has a lot of money so is an extra 10MM going to have any impact ion his life?

    He has one ring. Would he like another? If so take less and go for it.
    Retiring with 200MM or 220MM makes no difference in your life style after football.

  23. They need to raise the minimum cap limit and force these guys to stay competitive. It’s reduculous that a team can be this bad for this long and it’s sad for people coming out of college just to get drafted their to ruin their careers.

  24. 50 million for 10 months work. Thats like 1.25 mill a week. End of obligation. I love New Orleans but he should start packing now.

  25. Cleveland could sign him to a one-year, $50 million contract and the Browns would still have $60 million in cap space, which would still be more than all but four other teams.
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    It’s not like the Browns haven’t been trying at all. If they did sign Brees to that one year deal, I have no doubt he would sustain some sort of injury and play 3 games or less. That’s just how it seems to work for Cleveland.

  26. Pipe dream, will never happen. The Saints will sign him, With that run game and Brees at QB, they came close this past season. Why would they let him walk? They won’t.

  27. But that would make the Browns relevant. They aren’t gonna do that. Soon as they traded the 2 to the Eagles I just knew that it was a sign Wentz would be great. I literally argued that he must be. Because the Browns. And what the heck do you mean their 0-16 record isn’t as bad as it looks!? Are you trying to make my brain explode? Of course it’s as bad as it looks! 0-16 speaks for itself! They are so horrible that everyone feels sorry for their fans, how could we not.

    0-16. GM turnover. And no effort to get better last year, but a nice illusion to develop the right way, eh? Jimmy Haslam doesn’t want to win, he’s full of crap. Teams that win spend money honey. Whoever heard of a competitive team 110M under the cap! Drew Brees isn’t going to be lured over to the Browns for the prospects of playing with Gordon! You crazy. Josh Gordon has 600 yards and one TD in FOUR YEARS. And Joe Thomas!? Actually Joe Thomas is AWESOME. He may factor .001 percent into a Brees decision because let’s face it, if he joins the Browns it’s because Jimmy Haslam actually forked over an UNPRESEDENTED amount of money. Ask yourself this… does it seem to you that Drew Brees would relocate his family to Cleveland to play for the Browns? And is it likely Haslam drops that kinda coin to lure him in? Highly doubtful.

    But if it did happen… that would be VERY interesting to watch. Browns fans could dare to dream with Brees. My Eagles won the SB (THANK THE LAWD!!!) and boy was I happy they didn’t have to deal with Brees.

  28. Again with the myth of Tom Brady taking team-friendly deals.

    Players who have made more money than Tom Brady in the NFL:
    Eli Manning and Peyton Manning.
    That’s all.

  29. I would be a huge upset if he left the Saints, and I could only imagine him only leaving if their offer is insulting.

  30. He should stay with the Saints or if he did leave he should go to a team that has a legit shot to compete. His career is winding down, he shouldnt waste his last years in Cleveland.

  31. Drew Brees has made enough money over his long career to not even consider jumping into a situation with a loser organization like the Cleveland Browns. The system of getting top draft picks has not worked for this horrific franchise. No QB could make Cleveland winners. The mentality of offering a QB an enormous offer is exactly why the organization is so horrific.

  32. joco45215 says:
    February 17, 2018 at 10:49 am
    Any free agent Qb considering the Browns (Buffalo, Chicago, Green Bay, New England, the New York teams and the rest of the Northern out door playing teams) better have an Arm like a missile launcher, The only Qb’s that win in those places, Big Ben, Brady, Eli they have above average NFL arms. Cleveland needs a QB with a top notch arm with the weather that being on that lake provides……That being said Drew Brees is not the QB for that. Average at best arm, hes a dome QB, he wouldn’t be the QB he has been playing in any of the cities above mentioned……HE would be more of an Andy Dalton type good numbers not great..

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    I hear what you are saying, but the (real) Cleveland Browns had a QB from 1964 to 1968 named Frank Ryan who was one of the league’s best passers. In 1964, he led the league in touchdown passes (25) playing with Jim Brown as his running back. He also threw three touchdown passes in the 1964 championship game to beat the Colts. Ryan had an average arm in terms of strength, but was very intelligent.
    He was elected to the 1964 Pro Bowl, and on the first play of the 2nd half he injured his passing arm shoulder when he was hit by three “D” linemen in the backfield. He had an off year the next year, and unbelievably, was booed by Browns fans. But in 1966, he again led the league in TD passes with 29, and the last time I looked, that was still the 2nd most ever for a Browns QB behind Brian Sipe’s 30. Ryan did his in 14 games (which is all they played back then) while Sipe had the luxury of playing in 16.
    In 67, Ryan had shoulder surgery and though he was bothered by that shoulder injury, he led the Browns to the playoffs. Interestingly in the 2nd qtuarter against the Bears, he was hit by Dick Butkus and was knocked out cold. But he came out in the 2nd half and threw 3 TD passes for a 24 to 0 win. After his career ended, he had an operation on a cervical disc which came from that hit by Butkus. Imagine these modern QB’s hearing about that!!
    When great passers of the past are mentioned, Ryan’s name never comes up, which is a shame. He was an excellent passer and if he played under the present day rules, I believe he’d be considered one of the greats because his stats would be amplified greatly. He also ran for over 1300 yards in his career.
    I’m a Packers fan but I really enjoyed watching Ryan play and he should be remembered as the great QB he was. After his career ended, he got his Ph.D from Rice and began teaching high level mathematics. He was one of the first people to apply advanced statistics to football.
    One of my favorite quotes about Ryan came from Red Smith, the great sports writer. He said of Ryan: “the Browns have a QB who understands Einstein’s Theory Of Relativity and 10 teammates who didn’t know there was one”.

  33. The Browns should do something like this and the draft Barley number 1 and a young QB like Allen at number 4.

  34. I think a more telling question is, would the Browns want Brees at that price?

    Sure, he’s the BEST FA QB out there, but is he really a great fit for a rebuilding team that plays in cold-weather games in Nov & Dec (and possibly Jan)? We’ve all seen his road stats vs. his home stats over the past 3-4 years.

    To sum it up, I don’t think so. I don’t think Brees is interested in it, and I don’t think the Browns are really interested in it, although I fully expect them to make a big and PUBLIC offer for Brees for PR reasons, knowing all the while that they have no real intention of signing him.

    And if Brees was smart, he would openly flirt with the Browns to use the leaverage from the Browns’ offer to get max money from the Saints.

  35. Brees will not want to risk his legacy by leaving New Orleans. He’ll leverage all these possibilities for the best possible contract to stay in New Orleans.

    Saints only lost to the Vikings because they cheated by having the Saints replay booth “malfunction” during their game. It ended up being the difference between them winning and losing.

    He’ll pick up with the Saints where they left off.

  36. balt88 says:
    February 17, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Saints only lost to the Vikings because they cheated by having the Saints replay booth “malfunction” during their game. It ended up being the difference between them winning and losing.

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    Saints lost to the Vikings because the Saints defense could not stop Keenum to Diggs.

  37. Agent: “Browns want to offer you a fully guaranteed three-year contract worth above 125M”
    Brees: “Wow! Is Hue Jackson still the coach there?”
    Agent: “Yes”
    Brees: “Pass”

  38. stew48 says:
    February 17, 2018 at 1:16 pm
    Thanks nyneal. A great recall of past great days in the NFL.

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    Thank you for appreciating me babbling on. I am a history nut and all history intrigues me, including the NFL’s history. Thank Goodness for NFL Films. Without the work the Sabols did, so much of NFL history would have been lost forever.

  39. The Browns are much closer to competing for a championship than the Vikings are. The pipe dream on this site is that Brees will sign with the Vikings. In actuality, Cleveland is much closer to a Super Bowl than MN is.

  40. Tom Brady is more likely to end up in Cleveland..where he would be further exposed as a system QB and product of BB’s genius.

  41. The blissful ignorance of the Pats hater…

    Tom Brady is #16 on the highest paid players in the NFL’s history based on a yearly average (10.96 million). Number one on that list, Matthew Stanford (17.98 million), Drew Brees is number 14 (11.45 million).

    There is however a ‘ranking’ where Tom Brady is clearly number 1. I guess you could call it a sort of return on investment.

    Tom Brady has ‘cost’ the Pats 39.44 million dollars per ring. Big Ben is second on that list at 85.15 million dollars…Eli Manning, comes in at 109.65 million dollar per Super Bowl, Darrelle Revis is number 4 on that ranking, 124.20. Drew Brees is last at 194.7, given he’s won that lone SB with the Saints. Only 9 of the 25 highest paid players in league history have won championships. To put things into perspective, the top 25 players have been paid collectively 3.725 billion USD…2.160 billion of that went to players who never won a championship (almost 58%).

    So yes, given what he has accomplished in this league, Tom Brady is a bargain…and so is Drew Brees…a magnificent player who I truly enjoy watching play football and which I hope will play on, with the Saints preferably in my opinion, for a few more years.

    We all talk about Brady not being in a decline but Drew is just a year younger and is still playing ball (which is great for the NFL).

  42. It’s actually still going to be a pay cut for Drew Brees in the long run, potentially, and with destruction to his legacy.

    Let’s say Brees goes to the Browns for $40 million next year, and they go 3-13. Does he bother to come back for another year? And how much would they give a 41 year old coming off a season with the Browns when they know he isn’t the long term answer.

    Compare that to the Saints who could easily give him a 2 year, 50/52 million range contract.

  43. Take a deeper dive into Brees playing in Cleveland.. it’s like a house of horrors for him statistically. When the saints come to play in that stadium Brees crumbles. Seriously go look it up

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