The Saints And Drew Brees Haven't Discussed An Extension In Two Months, And I Don't Even Care Anymore
LBS- Drew Brees is entering the final season of his five year contract, and he and the Saints haven’t tried to work out a new one in nearly two months.
Brees made the admission Wednesday and said he’d rather not deal with it during the season.
“I don’t like to talk about contract during the season,” Brees said Wednesday, via ESPN’s Mike Triplett. “If you go back to 2011, where it began to drag into the season, three weeks in I was like, ‘I don’t want to deal with it anymore, I want to focus on football, I want to focus on the season.’ That’ll be my approach again.
“So there’s a deal to be done now, and then if it doesn’t get done now, then there will be a different deal to get done at the end of the year.”
You know, as much as the Saints - and their fanbase for that matter - would rather not absorb a $30 million dollar cap hit at one position, I don't think it makes much difference whether they do or not. The Saints don't appear to have any more significant moves to make and by all accounts they are still under the salary cap with all their draft picks signed. Don't ask me how Mickey Loomis managed to pull that off while also signing a couple key additions on the defensive side of the ball, but apparently he did. Really, that's all that matters. This was the team that Sean Payton felt comfortable entering the season with and - in a way I will probably never come remotely close to understanding - it works financially.
It would be nice to see Drew Brees locked up for 2-3 additional years if only to avoid a year's worth of news regarding his contract, but it's not always pretty when it comes to negotiating monetary terms. On the bright side, I highly doubt Drew is looking to play elsewhere and there's very little he can do over the course of the next season - short of finding the fountain of youth - that would make him more valuable than he is right now. As much as it pains me as a Saints fan to say this, the only direction his play can possibly trend is down. If he has a Peyton Manning-like decline then the Saints aren't on the hook after this season. If he continues his excellence then they are having the same financial discussion they had two months ago, but with far more money available to them with plenty of disastrous contracts coming off the books. In reality, this entire situation is much more of an annoyance to Saints fans than it is an actual problem for the franchise itself.