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Why Brees doesn't have a new deal

this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; No NFL negotiation in recent years has been more perplexing than the ongoing talks between the Saints and Drew Brees. I expected Brees to sign soon after Tom Brady's 2010 contract, then soon after Peyton Manning's 2011 contract and then ...

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Old 06-12-2012, 04:25 PM   #1
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No NFL negotiation in recent years has been more perplexing than the ongoing talks between the Saints and Drew Brees. I expected Brees to sign soon after Tom Brady's 2010 contract, then soon after Peyton Manning's 2011 contract and then soon after Peyton Manning's 2012 contract. Yet the sides are still trying to find common ground.

Negotiations are about leverage and options. As for leverage, Brees is the most important player on the team and perhaps the most important person in his division. However, because of the franchise tag, his options are limited. The tag gives the Saints a tool -- strengthened by the collective bargaining agreement -- to artificially reduce the market value of their unsigned best player.

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Old 06-12-2012, 06:30 PM   #2
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I can't think of many high profile players looking to land big contracts that had an EASY time of it getting that contract with a current team.

This happens every year with at least some teams in the NFL. Drew just has to hang on, and so too do the fans. It just will take time, but the pressure of training camp will further force both sides to come to a deal.

Holding out for even a short time does not truly benefit either side.
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Deadlines spur action, and the deadline in this case, due to tag requirements, is July 16. I expect the deal to be done between July 10-15 with a $20 million APY, between $50 million and $52 million guaranteed and $60 million to $62 million over the first three years.
Doubt it goes beyond June, but the numbers sound right
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Relax, it will get done.
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