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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Originally Posted by SaintFanInATLHELL Click bait. Brees will simply do another contract just like this one at a higher annual salary. With the cap currently at $167 million this year and likely to be $175 million or more come next ...

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Old 08-30-2017, 10:00 AM   #11
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Re: Soon-to-be free agent Drew Brees takes note of Matthew Stafford’s contract

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Click bait. Brees will simply do another contract just like this one at a higher annual salary.

With the cap currently at $167 million this year and likely to be $175 million or more come next year, a cap hit north of $20 million really isn't that big a deal.

For some reason none of the national media wants to believe that Brees wants to retire a Saint. He's had the opportunity to go for the gold. Instead he worked out a fair deal that got him paid and still left the team enough flexibility to build what's looking like a winning roster around him.

Next time up isn't the first, second, or even third rodeo for Brees.

So like I said... Click bait.

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I have seen early estimates putting the 2018 cap over the $180 million level.
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I don't see how Drew Brees would be allowed to walk away without a clear plan B waiting...
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I don't see how Drew Brees would be allowed to walk away without a clear plan B waiting...
He wouldn't be. Plus, he has stated on numerous occasions that 1) he wants to play one year at a time from here on out, 2) he plans to play well into his forties, and 3) he doesn't plan to play anywhere but New Orleans.
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Matt Stafford, what in the name of all holy hell makes him worth that kind of money.
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Old 08-30-2017, 11:09 AM   #15
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Matt Stafford, what in the name of all holy hell makes him worth that kind of money.
He's a starting NFL QB. It's as simple as that. In two years that will be less than average for the position.
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Re: Soon-to-be free agent Drew Brees takes note of Matthew Stafford’s contract

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Matt Stafford, what in the name of all holy hell makes him worth that kind of money.
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He's a pretty good franchise starting NFL QB. It's as simple as that. In two years that will be less than average for the position.
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Guido is right on target. There are about 12-15 players that can effectively play the NFL QB position. With increasing salary caps and required spending minimums, it's a no brainer to spend the money when an organization has one of the 12. Those that don't keep drafting hoping to find one. And when they get one (Winston and Mariotta for example), when their turn comes up, they'll get the money too.

Only Washington has avoided making the committment. But they are being dumb. They could have locked Cousins up at $24 million/year for a while. But they've paid him $45 million for two years, and will have to pay him $35 million next year to franchise him again. And he'll still get to walk and get a $30 million average from Washington or someone else afterwards.

That's why the contracts are so huge. There are 15-20 teams out there that would love to make a free agent splash by bringing in a top level starting QB.

Cleveland has started nearly 20 different QBs since Stafford was drafted into the league. When you have a franchise QB, do whatever it takes to keep him.

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Life is good for Kirk Cousins.
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Old 08-30-2017, 12:23 PM   #18
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Has he won anything. Like a Super Bowl. This craziness they're just driving up the price up to resign a great QB like Drew. I'm sorry i just don't see it in Stafford.
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Re: Soon-to-be free agent Drew Brees takes note of Matthew Stafford’s contract

Originally Posted by AsylumGuido View Post
I have seen early estimates putting the 2018 cap over the $180 million level.
I'm not so sure that estimate is believable.
The NFL is trending downwards. With Goodell trying to be the all-powerful commissioner, concussions and lawsuits, and now players disrespecting the USA's flag and national anthem, the league is about to hit it's ceiling.
For me, when Goodell killed the Saints with the "Bounty" allegations my interest in the NFL waned severely.

Not only that, it's economics 101. What goes up most go down.
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Old 08-30-2017, 12:54 PM   #20
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Looks like Drew's in for a raise next season. As long as it's not a long term deal, the Saints are still getting a great deal.
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