As Is Tradition, Mickey Loomis Did Some Magic Math In Restructuring Drew Brees' Contract, Only To Follow It Up By Inking Malcom Brown To Solidify The D-Line
First and foremost, whew. Not that it's as much of an actual relief as it is a fiscal relief that the Saints are setting themselves up to burn a whole hell of a lot of dead money in tribute to the illustrious career of Drew Brees for years after it ends. but rather that the re-re-re-re-restructuring of his deal is what's come to signify that the offseason has been turned on. Like the lighting of the torch at the Olympics, news that Drew Brees' cap hit has been tinkered with in giving a middle finger to the future of the franchise should be the first to break as the unofficial opening ceremony to free agency. Loomis math is a tradition like no other, so it's nice to see that Mickey has finished working his magic in mixing up a bunch of numbers in a pot and somehow cooking up some inconspicuous cap space.
Now, the first allocation of said cap space isn't the one that's going to work the Who Dat Nation into a frenzy, as Malcom Brown is neither built to catch passes over the middle or succeed HOF quarterbacks, but it's one that was necessary nonetheless. With Sheldon Rankins starting next season in recovery, David Onyemata awaiting his punishment for prescribing himself herbal remedies internationally, and Tyeler Davison treading water in the free agency pool, there was a hole in the trenches. Something tells me a 320 pound former first round pick is just the type of person to fill it.
Depth up and down the defensive line was one of the pleasant surprises of last season, so it's good to see it addressed in a fiscally fair form and fashion headed into next season. Expecting first round production would be a fool's errand, but the Saints aren't paying for that as much as they are paying for a slight upgrade who gives them starting experience at nose tackle and allows for the potential of Taylor Stallworth to come along slowly as part of the rotation. You can even tack on the added bonus of him going from one team that knows how to develop d-lineman to another team that's suddenly become great at developing d-lineman. Either way, it's tough to find flaw in the move. You know, so long as you don't hold it against Malcom Brown that his name is neither Jared Cook or Teddy Bridgewater.