Brees swaps familiarity for a maximum deal

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Drew Brees officially has moved closer to Tom Brady than Peyton Manning on the Goodfellas scale.

Brees, who had always maximized his earnings from the Saints, traded staying put over getting even more by agreeing to a two-year, $50 million deal. That’s a $25 million annual average, a full $2.5 million per year less than the average payout given to a guy who has started seven largely inconsequential regular-season games.

It’s unknown how much a team like the Vikings or Broncos would have paid Brees. Whatever the gap, it wasn’t big enough to get Brees to leave the Saints. As noted early Tuesday, Brees and his wife simply weren’t inclined to leave.

For a guy who is as competitive as anyone, taking less than lesser quarterbacks to him surely wasn’t easy. But unless Brees would have been willing to pack up and go, the most important element of leverage that comes from free agency — that a player is indeed free — simply didn’t apply to him.

Frankly, it’s surprising he got as much as he did, given his unwillingness to relocate.

16 responses to “Brees swaps familiarity for a maximum deal

  1. Brees wasn’t going anywhere and he has soaked the Saints enough over the years. NO is his home and staying home is often worth way more than money. If I were in that tax bracket, I would give up the extra 2.5mil to stay in the south too.

  2. Ah, yes, bash the guy after he failed to match your predetermined narrative. There is a benefit to comfort and familiarity, too. Why do you live in West Virginia at this point instead of moving to New York? Ask yourself that question, and I’ll bet it aligns pretty closely to Brees’ thinking in staying in New Orleans.

  3. Boy you guys like to stir the pot. Brees is a 40 year old QB with one SB win. $25 mil seems pretty good to me.

  4. Like Brady, both with agents I might add, got substantially less than market value….just like Sherman got sans the agent….where is the outcry??

  5. “Brees, who had always maximized his earnings from the Saints….”

    This is a little disingenuous to say the least. In 2006, Brees signed a six year, $60 million deal with the Saints. During that time he shattered single season records and led the team to two NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl win. He never demanded that his SIX year contract be overturned and played that contract out. No holdouts, etc. Saints are the one who have, through most of their relationship, been the ones playing hardball in this relationship.

    Through their entire careers, Tom Brady 18 years, Drew Brees 17 years, Brees has averaged only $500 per year, just under $11.5 million per year vs Brady at just under $11 million per year. This: “Brees is greedy and kills the cap and Brady does team friendly deals” is a false narrative.

  6. I predicted 50 mil for 2 years on a previous post, a few hours ago.

    See?

    Bree leaves NOLA a hero instead of that ‘greedy guy’ so many tagged him with. He gave up 5 million of his son’s inheritance to fix his reputation. I was positive he would do this.

  7. Bob says:
    March 13, 2018 at 10:42 am
    Ah, yes, bash the guy after he failed to match your predetermined narrative. There is a benefit to comfort and familiarity, too. Why do you live in West Virginia at this point instead of moving to New York? Ask yourself that question, and I’ll bet it aligns pretty closely to Brees’ thinking in staying in New Orleans.

    _______________________________________

    One of the best posts I’ve read in the past 15 years.

    PS: Not to mention he leaves with the rep as a good guy and not a greedy guy.

  8. “This is a little disingenuous to say the least. In 2006, Brees signed a six year, $60 million deal with the Saints. During that time he shattered single season records and led the team to two NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl win. He never demanded that his SIX year contract be overturned and played that contract out. No holdouts, etc. “

    Brees took every penny he could get in 2006 when almost no one wanted him. Sure he outplayed the deal, but he definitely didn’t leave money on the table when he signed it.

  9. jm91rs says:
    March 13, 2018 at 11:29 am

    Brees took every penny he could get in 2006 when almost no one wanted him. Sure he outplayed the deal, but he definitely didn’t leave money on the table when he signed it.

    Whether or not that is true is debatable. What is a fact, however, is that after winning a SB, Brees stuck out his $10M/yr contract for another three years. No holdouts, no griping that he should be paid more. You people that claim Brees took everything he could from the Saints and was personally responsible for their salary cap problems in the past have no idea what you are talking about.

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