Drew Brees, through his agent, can talk to other teams on Monday

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A report emerged last night that Saints quarterback Drew Brees can’t take part in the 48-hour pre-free agency negotiating period because his contract voids on Wednesday. That report was incorrect.

Both the NFL and the NFLPA, via spokesman George Atallah, have told PFT that Brees, through his agent, can negotiate with other teams when the window opens on Monday.

There’s one way for that to be avoided. The Saints can sign Brees to a new contract before he has a chance to hear from other teams. Given that it’s taken this long, Brees should wait to see what a team like the Vikings or Broncos would put on the table.

If either team is thinking about offering top-of-market value to Kirk Cousins, they should at least consider a similar package for a more accomplished player like Brees, a first-ballot Hall of Famer who has missed only one game due to injury during only 12 seasons with the Saints.

If the Saints want to get a 13th season out of Brees, they may need to close the gap between whatever they’re willing to pay and whatever Brees can get elsewhere.

54 responses to “Drew Brees, through his agent, can talk to other teams on Monday

  1. The Saints shot themselves in the foot by not getting something done sooner. Brees would probably sign a team friendly deal if they did it like…..now!

    Monday other teams can talk to him. The Vikings and Broncos could offer a lot of money, so than the Saints might need to pay more.

  2. Why wouldn’t the Vikings offer something like 2 years, $70 million guaranteed? The worst thing that can happen is that they hurt the salary cap situation of an NFC rival. I dare not think about the best thing that could happen.

  3. Brees, more than any other QB, has always been about the money. He has handicapped the Saints for years. Look for him to get a 2 year $70 million, fully guaranteed deal.

  4. Brees isn’t signing anything until Cousins does and he isn’t going anywhere but NO. Team just got good again, can’t see him jumping ship for anything other then a ton of money. Whatever the Denver or Minny will offer up won’t make up for the money Brees can make if he plays out his career where he is loved in Nawlins.

  5. Incredibly stupid for the Saints to let it get to the level. Should have extended him last offseason.

  6. I still can’t get the bitter taste out of my mouth from when Saban signed Daunte “get your roll on” Culpepper over Drew Brees. I mean, I just shake my head in disgust to think about what he could have done for Miami. Yet hear we are years later still looking for a QB.

  7. When Peyton Manning became a free agent a year removed from neck surgery, hasn’t played or even practiced in over a year. Teams were sending jets, offering millions guaranteed. Can you imagine what the Drew Brees circus will look like? There are at least 22 teams that would rather have Brees than their current starting QB!

  8. This is all going to be very interesting because Brees, Rodgers, and Ryan are all looking for a new contract and they’re all going to wait to see what Cousins signs for. Then it’s going to be a game of chicken to see who signs next. My guess is Brees signs first for a short term but with more guaranteed money than Cousins got. Then Ryan will sign a deal just a little bit better than Cousins’, and Rodgers will bring it home with the most guaranteed money and highest average salary in history by a pretty significant margin.

    If you’re worried about giving Cousins the biggest contract in history, just wait a month and he’ll be #4.

  9. The Saints shot themselves in the foot by not getting something done sooner. Brees would probably sign a team friendly deal if they did it like…..now!

    Monday other teams can talk to him. The Vikings and Broncos could offer a lot of money, so than the Saints might need to pay more.

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    If Brees was willing to sign a team friendly deal like…now!…they would have already signed him to a team friendly deal like…now!

    He’s waiting to see what Cousins gets…because he’s better than Cousins. In order to see what Cousins gets…he needs to wait to see what Cousins is offered. Contracts are always a two-way street. You can’t sign a guy who doesn’t want to sign.

  10. Some fans are just so delusional to put it politely. How many times does Brees have to say he doesn’t want to play for anyone else? Yes, the broncos, browns, Vikings can all sign him. But, unfortunately he doesn’t want to play for them. He can try and use that as leverage if he wants but the truth of the matter is he’s lost some by telling everyone he only wants to play for them. The saints are trying to figure out how to structure this thing so they can go after guys in free agency. Nothing more and nothing less. More articles do get fans of desperate qb needy teams to come flip there penny in. Sad.

  11. Vikings should do whatever it takes….2-3 years fully guaranteed contract. 30-33M a year. Best shot at winning the Super Bowl right now while the window is open. Worry about a long term solution after we clean up the confetti.

  12. datdude84 says:
    March 9, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Some fans are just so delusional to put it politely. How many times does Brees have to say he doesn’t want to play for anyone else? Yes, the broncos, browns, Vikings can all sign him. But, unfortunately he doesn’t want to play for them. He can try and use that as leverage if he wants but the truth of the matter is he’s lost some by telling everyone he only wants to play for them. The saints are trying to figure out how to structure this thing so they can go after guys in free agency. Nothing more and nothing less. More articles do get fans of desperate qb needy teams to come flip there penny in. Sad.
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    I’d say you’re delusional if you think Brees wants to stay in New Orleans so bad that he’ll stay for whatever the Saints will offer him. He wants to play for the Saints but he also wants fair market value so the Saints are going to have to pony up.

  13. “I just shake my head in disgust to think about what he could have done for Miami. Yet hear we are years later still looking for a QB.”

    Tannehill is a good but not great QB. While he is obviously not Brees, Brady or Rodgers, he’s a good, serviceable starter.

    This issue for years in Miami has been a horrible Oline.

  14. An extension last season is not on the Saints FO. Brees has said several times he is doing 1 year deals here on out so he won’t be going to the Vikings for 2 years. If he does it will be year-to-year.

  15. If the Vikings could get him for 3 yrs 91 million guaranteed they would do it 100 out of 100 times

  16. Brees is actually more attractive an option than Kirk Cousins for teams like Minnesota and Denver because he has proven that he can win a SB with a good defense. Cousins has not led his team to the SB yet.

  17. Unless Bree’s is dead set of remaining a Saint, and I think he is, they have the foundation of a very good team, why leave that, he should hear out other offers to at least get a sense of worth.
    Not surprised if he signs before Monday.

  18. datdude84 says:
    March 9, 2018 at 12:52 pm
    Some fans are just so delusional to put it politely. How many times does Brees have to say he doesn’t want to play for anyone else? Yes, the broncos, browns, Vikings can all sign him. But, unfortunately he doesn’t want to play for them. He can try and use that as leverage if he wants but the truth of the matter is he’s lost some by telling everyone he only wants to play for them. The saints are trying to figure out how to structure this thing so they can go after guys in free agency. Nothing more and nothing less. More articles do get fans of desperate qb needy teams to come flip there penny in. Sad.

    You are correst he has said often he wants to retire a Saint all his records and such run through NO and this team is hot. They got players and with him are in contention so the hassle to leave for what, a few more bucks is stupid. He isnt going anywhere.

  19. dclogicatlast says:
    March 9, 2018 at 12:36 pm
    Brees, more than any other QB, has always been about the money. He has handicapped the Saints for years. Look for him to get a 2 year $70 million, fully guaranteed deal.

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    Brees is a winner. Talented leader, Skilled passer. has a good agent, Did I say WINNER? He’paid what the market will bear. It is the Saints organization that handicaps themselves, not the QB.

  20. we need to stop with all this bress going to another tean crap ..everyone on hre knows that’s drew brees isn’t going anywhere, this ad is just to get attention from fans. if you are a real saints fanyou know not to believe the hype. I can tell you this as a real saints fan,if brees was going to another team sean &mickey wouldn’t be putting together this 2019 superbowl team,so I’m going to let non beleivers stress out with this crap , we would have gone to the bowl this year and years before but you;ll know roger goodell was heavy weight on our shoulders along with his ref;s so now that the the golden boy and his pat;s are nolonger are will nolonger be that team maybe our saints can be that team ..only if goodell stop paying the ref;s to cheat

  21. Jerry make that call monday and offer him what you were goin to give the stiff prescott. Sure brees is older but he could possibly win two for you while prescott will never win a playoff game.

  22. darrellwagner47 says:

    March 9, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    if you are a real saints fanyou know not to believe the hype. I can tell you this as a real saints fan,if brees was going to another team sean &mickey wouldn’t be putting together this 2019 superbowl team,

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    Isn’t the goal for everyteam, every year, to put together a superbowl team? lol. They are only trying because Brees is there? They are trying because it’s their job and they will try if he leaves.

    I agree it’s likely he stays there, but now that a deal hasn’t been done there is a outside chance a team makes an offer for him and he is gone. Still a small one at that.

  23. In Teddy We Trust says:
    March 9, 2018 at 12:32 pm
    Why wouldn’t the Vikings offer something like 2 years, $70 million guaranteed? The worst thing that can happen is that they hurt the salary cap situation of an NFC rival. I dare not think about the best thing that could happen.

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    Actually not a bad idea. If the Vikings off Brees $35M per year then Rodgers will demand $40M-45M per year from the Packers

  24. Love these commenters that don’t follow the Saints, don’t know the vibe in the city, don’t know the Saints cap situation, don’t know how the Saints negotiate or anything else that fans that follow the team closely would know….then they get on here spouting all sorts of uninformed opinions. The Saints don’t expect anything less than what is happening. It’s business and they’ve done this dance with Brees and his agent Conlon who always works to get the most money for his clients….as he should. Brees will suit up for the Saints and you guys will still be talking about how his contract is keeping them from this and that. When they won 11 games in 2013 his contract was big…they were successful. The contract is never the issue.

  25. Brees isn’t going anywhere. Honestly what the other teams offer won’t matter much.

    Why is Brees waiting? It’s just like the last time he negotiated his contract. He was waiting to give Saints cap flexibility to try to offer Josh Norman. Norman chose Washington and Brees signed and took his payday.

    If he waits to resign, it gives the Saints time to negotiate with other free agents and then adjust Brees’ contract to fit that in.

  26. Listen Brees is not interested in a “team-friendly” deal. He never has been and he never will be. Why do you think the Saints went 7-9 three years in a row?

    I like Brees and I like the Saints, but he’s looking to be the top paid quarterback in the league. Period.

  27. askeddie11 says:
    March 9, 2018 at 12:34 pm
    Brees should considering leaving N.O. It’s not a nice place to live.
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    That’s right. Tell everyone you know that. Get them to stop coming here. The influx of tourists and transplants is making it hard to get around here. And tell Hollywood and the media to leave us alone. It’s suffocating us. N.O. is not as nice as your hometown, wherever that is. Don’t move here. Please.

  28. Wouldn’t it be something if the Vikings were slow rolling this the whole time with Cousins and their existing crew and Brees is coming to Minny?

  29. Brees isn’t leaving New Orleans, but if he did and travelled up from the end of the Mississippi to it’s origin, the delirium in MN would exceed the arrival of Lord Favre 8 years or so ago. That ridiculous and overdone delirium would only be surpassed by the sounds of disgust coming from out east.

  30. dclogicatlast says:
    March 9, 2018 at 12:36 pm
    Brees, more than any other QB, has always been about the money. He has handicapped the Saints for years. Look for him to get a 2 year $70 million, fully guaranteed deal.
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    More than Cousins, Stafford, Ryan, Rodgers, Rivers, Cam? Please, he has played out every contract that ended up being far below market value. Never whined about redoing a contract, never whined when he was making half of market in last 2 years of his first 6 year deal with the Saints. This is just a stupid comment. Junior Galette, Jairus Byrd, Coby Fleener, Brandon Browner and 90 other crappy FA signings and the associated dead money has been much more of an issue.

  31. Vikes can kill 3 birds with one stone. Lock up a HOF QB for a couple years and punch ticket to NFC champ game and probably Superbowl. Eliminate any chance of the Saints being a playoff threat for years. Make GB overpay Rogers. Seems like a win, win, win scenario.

  32. Vic R says:
    March 9, 2018 at 2:52 pm
    “Brees isn’t going anywhere. Honestly what the other teams offer won’t matter much.

    Why is Brees waiting? It’s just like the last time he negotiated his contract. He was waiting to give Saints cap flexibility to try to offer Josh Norman. Norman chose Washington and Brees signed and took his payday.

    If he waits to resign, it gives the Saints time to negotiate with other free agents and then adjust Brees’ contract to fit that in.”

    Wouldn’t waiting to resign trigger the 18mil dead cap space to the Saints this year if he waits past Wednesday? If I was a Saints fan, I would be hoping for a sign on the dotted line by tomorrow night.

  33. It would trigger $18M being on the cap for this year, which is why the Saints are trying to sign big FAs like Wilkerson now before having the $18M or Brees’ new contract on the books.

    They could take $18M cap hit this year and backload Brees’ contract so that they offset. Or they could balance Brees’ contract. I think he’ll be signed by Wednesday. I don’t think Brees will be the highest paid QB in the league. I think he’ll be very well paid among the elites, but not the highest, and he’ll be fine with that. But if he’s giving back to the team, he wants to make sure they do it well.

    The reality is the Saints are the best team for Brees to be on. He will get money and the Saints are a talented team. He would be crazy to go anywhere else. He has a coach and an offensive coordinator that he has an amazing relationship with. He’s made it clear. Saints have made it clear. They will figure out the numbers.

    panther17 says:
    March 9, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Vic R says:
    March 9, 2018 at 2:52 pm
    “Brees isn’t going anywhere. Honestly what the other teams offer won’t matter much.

    Why is Brees waiting? It’s just like the last time he negotiated his contract. He was waiting to give Saints cap flexibility to try to offer Josh Norman. Norman chose Washington and Brees signed and took his payday.

    If he waits to resign, it gives the Saints time to negotiate with other free agents and then adjust Brees’ contract to fit that in.”

    Wouldn’t waiting to resign trigger the 18mil dead cap space to the Saints this year if he waits past Wednesday? If I was a Saints fan, I would be hoping for a sign on the dotted line by tomorrow night.

  34. Cleveland needs to win sooner rather than later. They’ve added receiving depth. There’s a lot of teams that could use an instant, short term upgrade while developing a rookie.

  35. Vikings should offer 2year 70 million. Twofold, Vikings are immediate favorites for SB and Rodgers will want more either crippling the pack cap or force them to trade him. NFCN solved.

  36. This is totally about the money. If Brees wanted to retire with the Saints, he would have signed a team-friendly deal long ago ….. by not accepting prior offers and pushing this to the 11th hour, Brees is playing chicken with the Saints.

    He is two days away from free agency for a REASON, and one reason only; he’s looking to BE a free agent and break the bank.

    Nothing else makes any sense.

  37. Forget all this Kirk Cousins crap, Drew Brees in the best QB in free agency, Drew Brees is the safest QB in this year free agent market. Drew will make the Vikings or the Broncos SB favorites! If I’m the Viking or the Broncos I’m going strong at Drew Brees. Kirk Cousins is a mirage but you know what Brees brings to the table.

  38. I’d throw 2 yrs 60 mil at Brees. The Vikings would be then give Philadelphia everything they could handle. Brees and Rodgers would be an awesome NFC north showdown.

  39. I think the Vikings should fly down there and personally request that Bree’s fly back with them.

  40. stellarperformance says:
    March 10, 2018 at 6:47 pm
    I think the Vikings should fly down there and personally request that Bree’s fly back with them.

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    Finally something I can agree with you. Vikings will become instant SB favorites and the contract we give Brees would absolutely kill the GB cap to sign Rodgers.

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