Will other teams make offers to Drew Brees?

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In the eight weeks and one day since the Saints’ 2017 season ended, I’ve been pointing out that, until the team signs quarterback Drew Brees to a new contract, he potentially will become a free agent. As of right now, no contract has been signed.

As of right now, fewer than seven hours remain until Brees officially can entertain, via agent Tom Condon, offers from other teams.

So here’s the question: As teams like the Vikings, Broncos, Jets, and Cardinals prepare to submit offers to one or more other members of an unprecedentedly large class of unrestricted free agent quarterback, are any planning to make an offer to Brees?

Brees has said repeatedly that he’ll remain a Saint. Coach Sean Payton and G.M. Mickey Loomis have expressed similar confidence. But until a deal is in place, Brees will fair game for contract offers, and it’s possible that one or more of the teams mentioned above already have let Condon know that, as of 12:00 p.m. ET on Monday, an alternative offer will be coming.

Why shouldn’t there be alternative offers? Brees is the top free agent available, and a team looking to win right now should be looking to win with Brees, a first-ballot Hall of Famer who has missed only one game to injury in the 12 years since he joined the Saints. If any team is thinking about paying market value to Kirk Cousins over five years, why not offer market value to the 39-year-old Brees over two or three?

The analysis boils down to the difference between whatever the Saints have offered and whatever someone else will offer. Surely, there’s a gap that would be big enough to get Brees to say, “Well, I know I’ve said I’ll be staying with the Saints, but their best offer is simply too low in comparison to how another team values me.”

I’ve been saying for eight weeks and a day that Brees’ repeated proclamations about not leaving New Orleans amount to a test for his current team. Will they take advantage of his comments and lowball him? Or will they pay him what he deserves?

Brees’ unequivocal position on remaining in New Orleans also could be influenced by a desire to ensure that, if he leaves, Saints fans won’t blame him for it. While a certain percentage of the fan base will call him greedy and selfish and worse, others may be inclined to blame the team, if the gap between what the team offers and what another team offers is so obviously different that it would be hard to expect Brees to stay put.

In the end, it still remains likely that Brees will remain where he has been since 2006. The offers that other teams make likely will be the last bit of leverage aimed at squeezing as much as possible out of the Saints.

Regardless, eight weeks and one day ago, no one would have expected it to take this long for a new deal to be done. Now that Brees and the Saints are on the brink of the moment where other teams can formally try to bogart him, anything can happen. Including the thing that would have been unthinkable as Brees walked off the field in Minneapolis on January 14 — that, come March 14, he’ll be returning to Minneapolis to become the team’s new quarterback.

49 responses to “Will other teams make offers to Drew Brees?

  1. Florio — it’s a good overall question you ask. I have another. As to paying Drew Brees “what he deserves.”

    Presumably if he signs a deal by the Saints, he is getting what he deserves. If he fields offers from other teams and that team offers him, is the highest bidding team now “what he deserves”?

  2. Calm down.
    He’s not going anywhere.
    He’s just waiting to see what Cousins gets.
    Unless, of course, Cousins gets so much that the Saints won’t match, then all bets are off

  3. Definitely a team player q.b. He knows when to turn a blind eye when team cheating ways take place.

  4. If I’m Brees, I’m telling the Saints to sign as much talent around me as they can, then sign me with what’s left. He’s got more than enough money to live the rest of his life comfortably on his couch if he wants too. Why not stack a team to win a SB or two or three before he calls it quits. Is he doing that, probably not.. All players are greedy and WAY over paid for what they do.

  5. Though some of his key stats (yards, TDs etc) moved in the wrong direction last year, I’m sure Brees could play another 2-3yrs at a high level. But he’s in an awkward spot – if he was 41 he could get a 1yr $24M deal with Jets/Browns/Broncos etc. But he prob still wants 3+yrs of franchise-QB top dollar, when no rebuilding team should want to invest franchise-levels of money in a 39yr old.

    But Saints are in trouble too, for they kept paying the man with future money – currently $18M in dead cap 2018-2020 – and one more big Saints deal will see this team go well into cap hell.

  6. The Vikings have to make an offer for a few reasons. 1. There is the off-chance he signs with you. 2. You drive the price up for the Saints.

  7. I’m not a Saints fan but live in Baton Rouge. Make no mistake: If the Saints let Brees leave, they will lose a lot of support. Fans love Brees like no other Saint before him. They definitely won’t blame Brees for not getting a deal done.

  8. streetyson says:
    March 12, 2018 at 7:16 am
    Though some of his key stats (yards, TDs etc) moved in the wrong direction last year, I’m sure Brees could play another 2-3yrs at a high level.

    They did, but I don’t think it was because of diminishing skills. The few times they had to put the game on his back, he rose to the occasion. The Saints (rightfully) changed their game plan last year, running a more balanced offense that focused on the run game. Fewer yards, TDs, and INTs, but a 103.9 rating and 72% completion percentage. This guy is still top tier talent for sure, not just high level. He remains among the best in the league and should get paid for it.

    I keep hearing about the Vikings and Cousins. I in no way would pay Cousins $30M a year to be my QB. I would, on the other hand pay Brees $30M to be my QB, even if only for a couple of years. Cousins comes with talent, but many question marks, while Brees is next to a sure fire thing. Sometimes its better to go with proof than popular media choices, which I think drives more of the Cousins discussion than his actual performance on the field. Three years of average W/L doesn’t do it for me.

  9. The Vikings are a very compelling team, Florio. They were a game away from the SB and play in a dome in the NFC. Very interesting. Wonder if they could make it work with the cap (I have no idea of their situation, I don’t follow them). Compelling possibility for sure.

  10. it makes sense to make an offer for him because the Sants will then be forced to at least match that offer. Besides, it is not bad at all if he actually accepts the offer, because the Vikings will be even better off wtth Brees than with Cousins. The more NO pays Brees, the less money they have for other roster spots, so teams like the Vikes benefit even if they don’t land Brees.

  11. The only reason Brees wouldn’t consider the Vikings is that he wants to win a Superbowl before he retires. Being a student of the history of the NFL, Brees knows the Vikings haven’t won a Superbowl in 57 years and next year isn’t looking good either.

  12. Something is brewing here. The Saints and Brees should’ve announced a deal by now. You think Brees is waiting for Cousins to make his deal? That’s exactly what he is doing. And if the Saints don’t make Brees the highest paid QB someone else will.

  13. Craig H says:
    March 12, 2018 at 6:42 am

    If I’m Brees, I’m telling the Saints to sign as much talent around me as they can, then sign me with what’s left. He’s got more than enough money to live the rest of his life comfortably on his couch if he wants too. Why not stack a team to win a SB or two or three before he calls it quits. Is he doing that, probably not.. All players are greedy and WAY over paid for what they do.

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    I agree Craig, and while it seems logical, I think the player’s union frowns on this, as they are continually trying to push contract prices. When top players accept less money, it limits the market appeal of rising stars.

  14. whatjusthapped says:

    March 12, 2018 at 8:37 am

    The only reason Brees wouldn’t consider the Vikings is that he wants to win a Superbowl before he retires. Being a student of the history of the NFL, Brees knows the Vikings haven’t won a Superbowl in 57 years and next year isn’t looking good either.

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    The Saints never won a Superbowl either until he showed up. Heck…they have way worse history than the Vikings pre Brees.

    Your a Packer fan that is just praying he doesn’t come to the NFC North. The Vikings + Brees is way better than the Packers.

  15. trentdilfer08 says:
    March 12, 2018 at 7:02 am
    He’s not leaving who dey nation… take that to the bank!!

    Was never a part of those biters over in “who Dey” land.

    WHO DAT 4 LIFE!

  16. The Vikings would be happy to pay him 90 mil guaranteed for 3 years. Would he leave NO? You bet he would if the Saints low ball him. People forget his last huge contract hamstringed the Saints for a couple of seasons. He will always be beloved in the big easy. His kids can stay there for school. He would have a valid reason for leaving the Saints low balled him. He’s all about the $

  17. whatjusthapped says:
    March 12, 2018 at 8:37 am
    The only reason Brees wouldn’t consider the Vikings is that he wants to win a Superbowl before he retires. Being a student of the history of the NFL, Brees knows the Vikings haven’t won a Superbowl in 57 years and next year isn’t looking good either.
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    Dunno if I’d take advice from a fan who apparently doesn’t know Brees already HAS won a Superbowl. Winning a 2nd Superbowl is great and all, but how many QBs in league history can brag that they brought two franchises their first Superbowl wins? I’m curious about that. But more money and just as good a chance to win.

  18. this crap is just to get attention, and this is the dumbest thing I have ever heard ..as a saints fan ..I mean a real saints fan, bress is a saint and will retire a saint..so please go write something about matt ryan being traded,,now that’s a story

  19. whatjusthapped says:
    March 12, 2018 at 8:37 am
    The only reason Brees wouldn’t consider the Vikings is that he wants to win a Superbowl before he retires. Being a student of the history of the NFL, Brees knows the Vikings haven’t won a Superbowl in 57 years and next year isn’t looking good either.
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    the vikings won a superbowl?

  20. why would Brees be lowballed by the Saints? Why would Brees “high ball” the Saints? More importantly if that’s how they negotiate why would either be offended? Not much NFL news….better story would be what can the other teams offer other than money that is better than New Orleans. I haven’t seen much breakdown on that…because let’s face it…the offer is more than just the $$ to be paid.

  21. It’s funny how much this is about perception. Everyone expects LeBron to leave Cleveland after this season, and the pretty universal sentiment is that he gave that city a priceless gift and is in no further debt to them.

    Brees, similarly, is looking at his final payday and final shot at a championship, yet everyone seems to think he’s going to stay in New Orleans, as though he somehow has more of an obligation to them than does James to his city.

    I suppose it comes down to whether Brees has any ambitions left beyond staying where he is.

  22. whatjusthapped says:

    March 12, 2018 at 8:37 am

    The only reason Brees wouldn’t consider the Vikings is that he wants to win a Superbowl before he retires. Being a student of the history of the NFL, Brees knows the Vikings haven’t won a Superbowl in 57 years and next year isn’t looking good either.
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    You must be really young!!! Brees and the Saints won the super bowl in 2009. lol

  23. As a Vikes fan I hope they leave this 39 yr old QB alone. Don’t need another 1-2 yr. band-aid. They need a guy that can be their guy for the next 6-8 yrs. The anti-Cousins crowd knock his record as a starter as if he throws, catches, runs, blocks and plays D. Brees just came off 3 consecutive NON-WINNING seasons and they won more this year by him throwing way, way less than he has in the past. In fact their best seasons have come with him throwing less. Is Cousins worth 28 mill a year….no, no QB is! But that is where the market is right now for the most sought after guys. In 5 yrs. 28/yr. will be peanuts. Cousins is much closer to that worth than Keenum is to 20 m/yr though. Talk about a joke and a one hit wonder.

  24. I don’t fault Brees for wanting fair value but he does have lots of large endorsements plus a lot of past years of high salary in the bank. If he ever was going to cut the Saints a break it would be now but it’s not sounding like he will. Fair to contrast that to how a Tom Brady does his contracts and wonder how many extra Super Bowl trips that got the Pats. In some alternate reality maybe the Saints have several Super Bowls thanks to Brees taking a bit less.

  25. The NFL’s greatest “artisan” quarterback of present and all times, DaBreeze a/k/a Drew Brees, deserves to be paid, having already given Gnawlins’ dey Super Bowl trophy. So, what is the hold up?

    On the open (i.e., free) market, DaBreeze is worth a Blank Check baby and y’all know it. Stop yo’ shuckin’ ‘n’ jivin’ now — who gon’ pay up!

  26. take a few calls and leverage the offers. I doubt he leaves the saints, he’s just driving up the price by listening to other teams.

    But what if the Saints refuse to match the other offers……..Kirk Cousins becomes an afterthought.

    and here. we. go.

  27. Not sure why anyone would even try to sign him. According to all of the viking fans on this site, every free agent wants to go the the vikings – it’s a done deal. Brees and Cousins will be this year’s version of Keenum and Bradford. lol at the viking fans.

  28. justautumnwindbaby says:
    March 12, 2018 at 5:56 am
    Calm down.
    He’s not going anywhere.
    He’s just waiting to see what Cousins gets.
    Unless, of course, Cousins gets so much that the Saints won’t match, then all bets are off

    Way to ride the fence.

  29. He will only be as good as he is through the Saints offense. NO was so close last year I think they were the best NFC team. He’s kind of got that Elway thing going where NO has found this viscous ground game that is going to extend his career. And the Saints, with Brees & as much of 2017’s roster as possible [Kamara AND Ingram] should be heavy favorites. Brees has made enough scratch he’s not going anywhere. He wants a ring not an extra $10 million a year elsewhere.

    But if I’m MINN or AZ, & maybe even DEN…..yes I’m at least going to make an offer.

  30. joetoronto says:
    March 12, 2018 at 9:29 am
    It would take billions to get him to go to Buffalow.

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    So you’re saying there’s a chance?!

  31. bordner says:
    March 12, 2018 at 11:11 am
    Not sure why anyone would even try to sign him. According to all of the viking fans on this site, every free agent wants to go the the vikings – it’s a done deal. Brees and Cousins will be this year’s version of Keenum and Bradford. lol at the viking fans.

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    Actually what I hear from the Vikes fans here is to simply make him a nice fat offer. Whether he takes it or NO ponies up to beat or even just match it thats a win for Minnesota either way. I have to agree it makes sense too.

  32. If the Saints were coming off three straight 7-9 seasons, this would get very interesting. Since they had the turnaround last year, Brees should figure he has as good a chance to win where he is as anywhere else. Still, I’d love the Vikings to offer him more money than the Saints could match.

  33. In Teddy We Trust says:
    March 12, 2018 at 11:40 am
    If the Saints were coming off three straight 7-9 seasons, this would get very interesting. Since they had the turnaround last year, Brees should figure he has as good a chance to win where he is as anywhere else. Still, I’d love the Vikings to offer him more money than the Saints could match.

    Don’t Teddy anymore?

  34. vikes please sign drama queen cousins, no please sign old brees. a cards fan who doesn’t want either of them.

  35. If Brees is so important to the Saints and he wants to stay, why wasn’t a deal done in the last eight weeks. If he doesn’t’ care about the money, your heart belongs in Nawlins the why wasn’t a deal done?

    Everybody waiting to see what Kirk gets especially the guy in Green Bay who still has two years remaining on his contract.

    This could get really interesting come Wednesday….

    “Money talks – Suckers Walk” – Sammy Hagar

  36. trentdilfer08 says:
    March 12, 2018 at 7:02 am
    He’s not leaving who dey nation… take that to the bank!!

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    “Who Dey” is the bengals, Jack

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