Paying Drew Brees should be easy, but the Saints have only a month to get it don…


It’s fitting with Wednesday being Valentine’s Day, that we get to talk about New Orleans’ love affair with Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

The Saints’ unparalleled success as a franchise will forever be inexplicably linked to the organization bringing in Sean Payton in his first head coaching role and taking a chance on Brees coming off of a shoulder injury that could have derailed his career. 

A Super Bowl victory, a half-dozen playoff appearances and multiple NFC South crowns have helped Saints fans look at the first 35-plus years of the organization as penance served for the past failings of a team that resembled more Cleveland than New England. 

Today is also Ash Wednesday after all. 

At 39, Brees is showing no signs of slowing down and the Saints have no desire to tell him to do so. If there’s a window for winning another Super Bowl that time is now. 

But, inevitably, the focus turns to securing a new contract for Brees who will be a free agent in just 30 days. Both sides have said repeatedly that the desire is to have Brees on the team for as long as he wants to play and end his career in New Orleans. 

Enter, Jimmy Garoppolo, Alex Smith and the soon-to-be-paid Kirk Cousins. 

How to keep Brees, and pay him his worth as one of the elite quarterbacks in the league is the tightrope that the Saints and Brees’ representation will walk the next month to try and work out a deal. 

Wednesday’s “Dunc & Holder” broached this topic off of the back of Jeff Duncan’s column stating that he believes both sides will come to an agreement rather quickly if both can compromise. Anything short of reaching free agency with no deal done is, in his eyes, a failure by both parties.

Duncan explained part of his reasoning in saying that Brees doesn’t want any part of free agency. But to think that he’s going to take a “hometown discount” like Tom Brady isn’t going to happen. 

“I think he’s already made a big concession in these negiations by saying that he doesn’t even want to step foot in free agency,” he said. “The Saints have to compromise a little bit in this in that he’s not going to take a Tom Brady deal either.”

One of the consequences of not having Brees signed, Duncan pointed out, is that Brees and his agent Tom Condon could be getting pitches from teams that could easily sell him on being in contention to win now. 

“Do Saints fans want Drew Brees sitting down opposite John Elway in some conference room in Denver, pitching him on the ‘Peyton Manning Plan?'” he said. “No you don’t want that.”

Larry Holder doesn’t believe that it’ll get to that point, but says that until a deal is done, all we can do is wait. 

“The fact that it’s out there, it’s going to be out there until it’s not,” he said. 

The clock is ticking. 



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