I Love Him To Death, But if The Rumors Are True Then Drew Brees Contract Demands Are Absolutely Preposterous
Yahoo- Given those numbers, two league sources pegged a Brees extension as landing somewhere in the neighborhood of four years and $95 million to $100 million, with guaranteed money likely to exceed $65 million. For now, one league source said the asking price on the extension has played a part in the talks failing to progress. But that lack of movement was also characterized in multiple ways with varying levels of optimism. Among the factors believed to be playing a part.
FOUR YEARS?! ONE HUNDRED MILLION?! SIXTY FIVE MILLION GUARANTEED?! Can someone peel Christ off the cross so we can beat Drew Brees blasphemous agent over the head with it? I actually laughed out loud in disbelief when I read those numbers. If the alternative to eating a 30 million dollar cap hit this year is giving an aging (albeit aging well) quarterback a contract that's fit for someone a decade his junior then pass Mickey Loomis some silverware and let them spend this season swallowing his pride. It's no disrespect to Drew Brees because if his level of play remains consistent then he is absolutely worth every penny of such an absurd deal, but to give a 37 year old that spent last year battling nagging injuries that much guaranteed money expecting him to stay healthy is psychotic. Especially considering the mere handful of players at his position that have been productive up until the age of 41. If Peyton Manning's decline proved anything it's that Father Time has unforeseen closing speed. You simply can't justify guaranteeing the longevity of someone his age, and you damn sure can't guarantee it to the extent of 65 million dollars.
Trust me, I know that what Drew Brees has provided the city of New Orleans off the field is monetarily immeasurable. However, I crunched the numbers made available to me and it turns out his play on the field is quite a few Super Bowls short of being worthy of a 100 million dollar deal in the twilight of his career. I love Drew Brees, and I realize that if he continues to have success then he very much has the upper hand. That said, if the numbers above are the starting point then I would let him play this season out before sitting down to the negotiating table. Drew wants to stay in New Orleans and New Orleans wants him to stay, but potentially compromising the immediate future of the franchise based on nothing more than one player's confidence in his abilities is not how you run a successful business - no matter how important that player happens to be to said franchise.