Drew Brees: Deal puts Saints in “best position to succeed”

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Quarterback Drew Brees has a new deal with the Saints and his first comments about the two-year, $50 million contract emphasized the space it leaves for the team to continue building a championship contender.

Brees is due $27 million in guaranteed money, which essentially makes it a one-year deal with an option to continue the relationship in 2019 if all continues to go well. That may be less than Brees could have made with another team or if he’d fully pressed his leverage, but Brees said that wasn’t his top priority.

“I think that provides certainly the team with the most flexibility when it comes to being able to anticipate the future and the ability to acquire free agents and re-sign players on our existing roster that will build a championship team,” Brees said, via Mike Triplett of ESPN.com.

One player that Brees would like to see in a Saints uniform is tight end Jimmy Graham, who has been linked to a return to his first NFL team. Brees said he thinks Graham would “be an even better fit now than he was when he first started with us,” but it remains to be seen if he’ll be catching passes from Brees in 2018.

29 responses to “Drew Brees: Deal puts Saints in “best position to succeed”

  1. He should have re-signed with the Saints – it’s where he belongs. Then again 99% of the world, including the fans of the other teams that inquired with his agent, thought the same thing.

  2. Cap hell. I don’t think jacking up his price about 5 million in 2018 helps them at all.

    It’s a 1 year deal with an option, so the window is about to slam shut. Now, which key, pricey veterans will they be cutting?

    $100 they miss the playoffs.

  3. cheetasnevaprospa says:
    March 13, 2018 at 10:58 am
    Get ready for Who Dat Superbowl #2

    5 3 Rate This

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    Nice board name. You’re right, cheating the cap with under the table bounty programs are never the way to win.

  4. Brees is smart enough to understand it’s not all about the money, especially at this stage of his career. When a star player is in a great situation with a contender, he needs to think very carefully before walking away. If a guy has managed his money well, he should be set for life anyway. For the greats like Brees, his children are also set for life financially.

  5. Great day for Saints’ fans! The Saints knocked loudly on the door last year. Only a fluke kept them out of the championship game. They’ve been drafting well lately. If that continues, the Saints will be in real good position to grab one more Lombardi trophy with Brees at QB. They don’t need to pay for Jimmy Graham. There are plenty of cheaper weapons available. They just signed the big gun. Draft day will be very exciting because they’re really only one or two players away.

  6. Cap hell. I don’t think jacking up his price about 5 million in 2018 helps them at all.
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    Bradys cap number this year is $22,000,000

    Guess you’re in cap hell too then.

  7. Fans should not overlook the fact that Drew Brees took less so they would have the necessary capital to stay competitive.
    Tom Brady is another who took less, so NE can stay competetive
    Looking at how much other QB’s are making, no wonder these teams struggle to put a playoff team on the field
    My hat’s off to Brees, he did it for the team, the fans and the other players who can now get a bit more

  8. To think Brees and Brady actually give a nice percentage of their salaries to agents for nailing down these fabulous deals. My deaf 88 year old Grandma could have gotten a better deal for these two, but where’s Florio now ranting (we get he still likes to play a lawyer but the act is tired, but does give us a look at why he failed miserably in his short law career) about those players who dare to negotiate their own deals getting hosed….Mike you out there?….hello Mike?….”crickets”

  9. If only he had the talent Peyton had.
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    Only difference is a 10 inch forehead. Brees beat Peyton head to head in the Super Bowl and will eventually own every Top NFL record of all time for QBs.

  10. florida76 says:

    March 13, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Brees is smart enough to understand it’s not all about the money, especially at this stage of his career. When a star player is in a great situation with a contender, he needs to think very carefully before walking away. If a guy has managed his money well, he should be set for life anyway. For the greats like Brees, his children are also set for life financially.
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    SO why didn’t he take less?

  11. SO why didn’t he take less?
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    Why should he?

    He took reasonable market value.

    He takes up about 15% of the cap. If they Saints can’t get 52 other good players to fill out the other 85%, that completely on them.

  12. SO why didn’t he take less?
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    He took LESS than market value… Brees could’ve gotten 30M/yr from the Vikings but he chose to take 5M less per year and stay with the Saints

  13. aarons444 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 11:44 am
    Bradys cap number this year is $22,000,000 Guess you’re in cap hell too then.
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    Using cap number in Brady’s case gives a very false impression because his contracts are superficially structured to give high headline figures when (every other year or so) he signs an extension converting some future salary to a bonus that year but pushing the rest into a backloading that historically he’s never later drawn much into but pushed it off again. If you look instead at his ACTUAL yearly total cash takes it has stayed remarkably consistent at $15M almost every year of his entire career. Far lower than Brees or any other elite QB.

  14. What about the 18 million they already owe him for next year? Is that included in the 50 million number, or in addition to it?

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