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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; The New Orleans Saints wanted Drew Brees as their quarterback. That was never the issue. They also had to be realists and gauge their 37-year-old signal-caller year to year at this stage of his career. Brees has expressed publicly that ...

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Old 09-08-2016, 08:17 AM   #1
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The New Orleans Saints wanted Drew Brees as their quarterback. That was never the issue. They also had to be realists and gauge their 37-year-old signal-caller year to year at this stage of his career.

Brees has expressed publicly that he wanted to play the rest of his career (until he's 40 and possibly beyond) with the Saints. He wanted to remain with the team that helped him craft a likely Hall of Fame resume.

The Saints and Brees signed off on what is for all intents and purposes a one-year extension through the 2017 season; Brees will receive $44.25 million guaranteed for this season and next, a source confirmed. The deal in total is for five years, but seasons 2018-20 are voidable by the team.



It's human nature to proclaim a winner and a loser in everything nowadays.

You look at the structure of this deal and probably came away thinking the Saints "won." It's a short-term deal. Brees' cap number in 2016 would drop from $30 million to a reported $17.25 million this season. And would likely be manageable in 2017.

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Great, glad the deal was done.

Let go get it!
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Hell, I'd like to take one for the team at ~25 mil...

Happy for his financial success, happy the team won't be crippled with cap numbers after he's gone...

Now let's let coach finish his last minute madness and get to some football...
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What is the reason for clearing up cap room for this season? Is there another move for this year and if not , wouldn't it make sense to give him more money this year?
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What is the reason for clearing up cap room for this season? Is there another move for this year and if not , wouldn't it make sense to give him more money this year?
Explained in the other thread that unused cap carries over to the following year. This creates more flexibility.
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Old 09-08-2016, 12:20 PM   #6
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Whether or not any unused cap space is carried over to next year, it took too long to get this done and left very limited opportunity to upgrade holes THIS year. I would expect an aggressive approach next off-season, and that's nice, but it doesn't help this year. Glad the deal is done, but it changes little in this current season. As long as Drew is here this team shouldn't be playing the "wait 'til next year" game to address things. I know they made some moves that we believe to have upgraded the defense, but man, it sure would have been nice to have a better line for Drew.

If I had a nickel for every time I heard that, the NFL would fine and suspend me.
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Whether or not any unused cap space is carried over to next year, it took too long to get this done and left very limited opportunity to upgrade holes THIS year. I would expect an aggressive approach next off-season, and that's nice, but it doesn't help this year. Glad the deal is done, but it changes little in this current season. As long as Drew is here this team shouldn't be playing the "wait til' next year" game to address things. I know they made some moves that we believe to have upgraded the defense, but man, it sure would have been nice to have a better line for Drew.
The jury is still out on the line, metal. Let's wait to see them in real action. I honestly don't think they'll be anywhere near as porous as some around here think.
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The jury is still out on the line, metal. Let's wait to see them in real action. I honestly don't think they'll be anywhere near as porous as some around here think.
I seriously hope that you are right. But this is pretty much the same group from a year ago, and you have two guys who are old by lineman standards, so it's not like those two can be expected to get better. There seems to be an expectation that Peat "should" be better, but the preseason didn't give any indication of that. So I just don't know what else I should be expecting of them as a group.

It's not the end of the world bad, but it does have a significant impact on the ability to run this offense.

If I had a nickel for every time I heard that, the NFL would fine and suspend me.
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I seriously hope that you are right. But this is pretty much the same group from a year ago, and you have two guys who are old by lineman standards, so it's not like those two can be expected to get better. There seems to be an expectation that Peat "should" be better, but the preseason didn't give any indication of that. So I just don't know what else I should be expecting of them as a group.

It's not the end of the world bad, but it does have a significant impact on the ability to run this offense.
I break it down this way, at LT we have arguably one of the top three players at his position in the league. At LG we have a highly touted highly drafted tackle that has been shifted around the line for over a year. The final few games of last season he really started looking good. At center we have a perennial pro-bowl player. At RG we have a former multi-year pro-bowler that spent all of last season fighting back from a February wrist surgery. It is hard to block when you can't push with one of your hands. And at RT we have what is still regarded in the league as well above average at his position. Last season he had to cover more for Evans and his bad wrist. Evans is now supposedly fully recovered.

I'm having that feeling again.
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I dont expect to see the 2006-2013 Evans but i think he will be better. If Peat can get himself going we are good. As much as people knock Lelito and Kelemete they are well above average for back up linemen. Not many teams will have better on the bench.

I feel far more optimistic than a few days back.
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