NFL Rumors: Are Saints Letting Drew Brees Walk?
Drew Brees, who became the highest-paid player in NFL history when he signed a 5-year, $100 million contract with the New Orleans Saints in 2012, isn’t done making the big bucks yet!Advertisement
Brees’ annual $20 million salary is no longer the most lucrative contract with Andrew Luck, the Indianapolis Colts quartberack, signing a 6-year, $140 million deal this offseason.
If Brees and the Saints don’t reach an extension by Sunday, the veteran quarterback would become an unrestricted free agent next spring.
Brees is getting on with age but he’s still one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Last season, he led the NFL in passing for the fourth time in five seasons, registering 4,870 yards in just 15 games.
According to NFL insider, Jason La Canfora, Brees and his agent are seeking nothing less than a four-year deal worth $100 million.
Drew Brees to be allowed to walk?
According to ESPN, the Saints dare not to use the franchise tag on Brees since it would cost the organization nearly $43 million. Therefore, it would make sense for both parties to reach an extension by the coming weekend.
However, if the Saints intend to stick to rebuilding mode, it would make sense for them to let Brees walk next March. After all, very few pundits expect them to clinch a playoff berth this season.
Steven Ruiz of USA Today Sports analyzed the repercussions of Saints allowing Brees to walk.
“From a financial standpoint, it makes a lot of sense to move on from Brees, but we can’t just ignore the emotional implications of such a decision. No Saints fan wants to watch Brees throw touchdowns for another team.
“Guaranteeing Brees retires in a Saints uniforms is at least one of the motivations the team would have for locking him up to another huge contract,” wrote the NFL insider.
Ruiz added that New Orleans have a decision to make by Sunday. “If the Saints do not convince Brees to sign by Sunday, he will most likely hit the open market next offseason, where he’ll easily get that $25 million-per-year he’s looking for. New Orleans can either give him that money now or watch another team do so later.”
For the Saints, the clock is ticking. Should they pay Drew Brees or let him walk?