Drew Brees Agent Says That The Saints Are Willing To Eat His 30 Million Dollar Cap Hit So It's Got To Be True
YardBarker- When Brees originally signed his five-year, $100 million contract, it was thought by pretty much everyone that a new extension would be worked out at some point. After all, the thought of any player in the NFL making $30 million in a single year, when the cap can get so tight, was just ludicrous.
But here we are, with NFL free agency in the rear-view mirror and the Saints having signed all but one of their incoming rookies. Suddenly, it might not be as big a deal as we thought.
That said, the Saints don’t exactly have a tremendous cap situation going on right now, so the conversations between Condon and the Saints could take a turn soon.
Okay, so let's just assume that this story isn't just obvious posturing by Brees' agent Tom Condon. What would he have to gain from going on a nationally broadcast studio show and declaring that his client's employer isn't willing to negotiate a new deal that would pay him an exorbitant amount of money well past this year? This declaration is clearly 100% true because we heard right from the horse's ass...I mean...mouth.
What would the Saints absorbing Drew Brees' $30 million dollar cap hit mean for this year? Short answer, I don't fucking know. The way everyone was talking I thought the Saints entered the offseason with barely enough room under the salary cap to afford flights to the draft, never mind paying for 3 players in the first two rounds after signing quite a few notable free agents. If Mickey Loomis has somehow fit the entirety of the Saints current roster within the financial restrictions then I guess that it doesn't matter whether or not Drew Brees' works out a new contract. It's not like they are set to make any expensive acquisitions between now and when the season starts. It's not ideal to have your quarterback taking up 20% of your cap when you have a 53 man roster, but no matter what took place this offseason the Saints were going to be far from an ideal fiscal situation.
What would the Saints absorbing Drew Brees' $30 million dollar cap hit mean after this year? Well, for starters it would mean that there is a lot of pressure on him to earn a new contract while in the last year of his current contract. I fully expect that there are a couple good seasons left in Brees' arm before he goes the way of Peyton Manning, but that's far from a certainly as he looks to turn 38 by the end of the season. It would give the Saints a clear out if he ages before our eyes in the next 8 months, but having his contractual status hovering over the franchise until next February isn't exactly optimal either. So let's just hope that his agent is full of shit, because as much you don't want to keep reading about my elementary knowledge of the salary cap, I don't know want to keep writing about it either.