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Drew Brees' allegiance to Saints takes drama out of extension talk



Mike Triplett
ESPN Staff Writer

METAIRIE, La. -- Technically, Drew Brees is in the same situation as Kirk Cousins.

The New Orleans Saints quarterback also is heading into the final year of his contract. And unless something changes in the next month, there appears to be no urgency from either Brees or the Saints to work out an extension.

But there is one huge difference between the two. While Cousins appears likely to test the free-agent market next March, Brees has made it pretty clear that he has no desire to play anywhere else but New Orleans.

Brees, 38, could have become an unrestricted free agent this year. (Can you imagine the payday he would have been offered from other QB-needy contenders after he led the NFL in passing yards for the seventh time last season with 5,208 yards?!)

Instead, Brees essentially gave up his leverage by agreeing to a fully guaranteed one-year, $24.25 million extension with New Orleans a few days before last year's season opener and pledging his desire to stay with the Saints as long as they'll have him.

For my money, the Saints and Brees should do the same thing again this year -- and shouldn't even bother waiting until September.

It would provide a nice morale boost heading into the 2017 season. And it would squash any potential speculation about the two sides moving on if, say, the Saints miss the playoffs for the fourth season in a row.

But then again, there's no real pressure on the Saints to guarantee Brees another $25 million or so through 2018 since there's no real fear that he'll leave in free agency.

Give credit to Brees for not forcing their hand.

While his contract was a huge topic last summer, it basically has been a nonissue this year -- by design. As Brees said in March, he was specifically aiming "to put the conversation to bed just by saying, 'We can worry about it at the end of the year.'"

Still, the idea of Brees becoming an unrestricted free agent in eight months seems kind of nuts.

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More good stuff from Mike Triplett. I have always liked his work. Please read the rest in the link.

Is there really any doubt that he'll be the best option for their team in 2018? (Frankly, Id bet on him being their best option in 2019 and 2020 too, compared to the uncertainty of trying to find another quarterback.)
This is saying exactly what I have been saying all along.
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This one-year-at-a-time approach is fine with me. This way no one has to agree out how long Drew's career will continue to try to 'lock him up' and put undue pressure on Drew or the organization. Just see where next offseason takes Drew and us. I would suspect one year Deals are probably more cap-friendly too.
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O-Line does their job and keeps Brees healthy right till the clock winds down.
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Yeah, but "What if............"?
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I disagree. Another 7-9 season and he's still carrying the team with little help he walks. As he should. He has given a lot to this team and is owed more than a crappy D and bad special teams for
The fifth year.
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I disagree. Another 7-9 season and he's still carrying the team with little help he walks. As he should. He has given a lot to this team and is owed more than a crappy D and bad special teams for
The fifth year.
It is Brees that you are disagreeing with then. He can do whatever he wishes. You are projecting what YOU would do. And it sounds as though you are expecting a crappy D and bad special teams.
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Where would Brees geaux where he'd have full reign as he does with the Saints?

Even the teams that are desperate enough to give Brees that kind of cache, could they be as competitive and protect him at this point of his career?

He undoubtedly has financial security for him and his family, what he needs is to add to his resume in the last chapters of his career while still be compensated with a number that doesn't embarrass him or the Saints...
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