Posted January 14, 2014

Saints QB Drew Brees willing to restructure contract

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees passed for over 5,000 yards for the 4th time in his career. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Saints quarterback Drew Brees passed for over 5,000 yards for the 4th time in his career. (Harry How/Getty Images)

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees said that he would be willing to help out the franchise and restructure his contract so the team could sign more veterans and free agents.

Brees, 34, is set to count $18.4 million against the salary cap next season, $26.4 million in 2015 and $27.4 million in 2016.

Brees’ top target, tight end Jimmy Graham, is set become a free agent on Mar. 11.

“Whatever I can do to help this team, if they want to come to me and extend me even further, that’d be great,” Brees said, via The Times-Picayune.

“Listen, there are so many possibilities as to what can happen here. Let’s just let this offseason start. It’s what, today’s the second day of it unfortunately. We all wish it wasn’t, but whatever helps this team win and puts the best team on the field.”

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This past season, Brees’ 13th in the NFL, he passed for 5,162 yards, 39 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and completed 68.6 percent of this passes.

“Listen, I get compensated very well. I don’t take that for granted for one second,” Brees said. “But I play this game because I love this game, I love this locker room and I love the opportunity to win a championship.”


32 comments
6marK6
6marK6

I would hope he would, because he sure didn't earn that salary this year or on Saturday. 

RobertSmith
RobertSmith

Brees was a second round pick and did not get a huge (by NFL standards) rookie contract.   Then, due to concerns about an injury, his second contract was for below-NFL wages, as well.  It was not until his third contract, in 2012, years after he was established as one of the great QBs in the game, that Brees was finally able to get a contract commensurate with other top QBs.  The Saints benefited for years from his below-market contract.  And they will have cap problems when he leaves because this "restructuring" will push his cap hit until he retires.  Restructuring helps the team as long as Brees is there and will be a giant obstacle when he leaves.

Richard--Ramirez
Richard--Ramirez

This is why he's the GOAT. Well maybe 3rd behind Montana & Marino.

biasedsportsfan
biasedsportsfan

Are there people who don't like this guy? I would like to know. Class act all the way.

davetheG
davetheG

Class act. Brady did the same thing in the past. Shows class because you want to build a winner and people want to play for and stay with a winner, if they are getting a respectable pay.

NebojsaTodorovic
NebojsaTodorovic

This will depend on whether or not the Saints want to go old school or new school.  New school uses much less leverage of future cap dollars.  If you play moneyball, you rely more heavily on your draft/development program, shop the FA bargains, and pay premium for a handful of key personnel.  Jimmy is key personnel.  They'll resign him, hopefully they don't mortgage their cap too far into the future to do that.

Marchoir
Marchoir

Doesn't matter what the Saints do unless Brees can play every game in perfect, climate controlled conditions.

srlarson31
srlarson31

So drew has 72.2 over three remaining...... so take a 2 year extension fully guaranteed,  for 75 million.....40 million signing bonus...... so 15 /yr against the cap........much better deal that cutler or romo or flacco

Indysteve1227
Indysteve1227

Fantastic team player. Drew knows re-signing Jimmy Graham is crucial along with improving defense and maintaining the O line.

riley8
riley8

He is willing to spread out his millions and millions so he doesn't eat turf 10 times a game?  Great guy.  (Saints fan)

ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

Great person and great QB. You know this is something the arrogant Aaron Rodgers would never do.


Brees > Rodgers

Pat11
Pat11

@6marK6 3rd year in a row of 5000 or more yards passing, his 4th 5000 yard year which no other QB in history has done. Highest completion %. Superbowl champion. Yeah Bress sucks. 

RobertSmith
RobertSmith

@Richard--Ramirez this doesn't make him "GOAT".  He is not giving up a penny -- in fact his restructuring almost certainly will bring him more money while pushing the cap hit down the road until he retires.  It helps the team (and Brees) while he is playing and will handcuff the team for a couple years when he leaves.

JosephBagadoughnutz
JosephBagadoughnutz

@biasedsportsfan   maybe all the people he has filed, or threatened to file lawsuits against.


Except his mother cant comment, she killed herself a year after he had his agent threaten to sue her.

RobertSmith
RobertSmith

@davetheG It has NOTHING to do with class.  Don't get me wrong, I like both Brady and Brees, but they are NOT giving up money.  They take a big bonus up front that gets accounted for over multiple years, making the impact on this year's cap easier for the team.  The player gets more guaranteed money, gets his money earlier and the team gets financial relief under the NFL's crazy accounting system.  The only negative for the player is it commits them to their current team for a longer time frame if they keep playing.  

davidhudsonone
davidhudsonone

@Marchoir When you comment on these forums you should arm yourself with a little knowledge. Drew had 300 plus yards 1 Td and no Ints against Seattle in a steady rain and cold, Russell was 9-18 for 103 and you think Drew played Bad??? The Saints lost because Lynch got off and the last time I checked Drew doesn't play defense! Drew is the only NFL QB in History with (2) 5,000 yard seasons and he has 4 and 3 in a row! Besides you make and a routine and glaring error that all losses are the QBs fault, Drew Led several fourth quarter winning drives only to have the defense give up scores in the last minute. He and the offense did their jobs but teams as good as Seattle, New England and Carolina ect should win at home. Drew will continue to rule for at least 3 more years and maybe longer if the Saints build a stronger running game and allow Drew to throw 25-30 with 30 or so runs passes instead of 35-40+ with 20 or so runs. He may drop down to the 4,500 yard range but it would save his arm and add a couple more years to his career.

eltex.tx
eltex.tx

@Indysteve1227 Are you crazy? He said 'extend'. He isn't taking a pay cut. Instead, he is getting his money in a more guaranteed fashion than his current deal. If he wanted to be a team player, he would have signed for $10M a year, and not 20. But no, he didn't do that. He got a max type deal, and he won't take less, he will just take it in bonuses instead of weekly installments.

eddie767
eddie767

@ElvisHitler Rogers doesn't need to, since Packers are always under cap. When you mortgage future on bad contracts,you get to see who really is a team player,Brees.

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

@ElvisHitler   I won't argue that Drew, from what I may gather via the press, seems to be the better person.


Rodgers is a better QB though.


As great as Peyton played this year, his QB rating was "only"115.1.


Rodgers had a season with a QB rating of 122.5


Rodgers also has the highest career QB rating ever at 104.9


Manning is #2 and he is WAY behind as far as records are like this at the top.  Manning is at 97.2 and he is a good bit behind Rodgers.


Again, I AGREE with you that Brees is a better person.


Brees IS also a great QB (as is Peyton, Brady and Rodgers).


Oh, I'm a Bears fan by the way so I wish Rodgers wasn't as good as he was.

Cool
Cool

@JosephBagadoughnutz @biasedsportsfan For the record, she killed herself because she was under investigation for trying to extort money from local restaurants.  Drew had an inkling of her deeds and had separated himself from her.   

hiptoss
hiptoss

@davidhudsonone It's nice to use the final stat totals to paint a picture, but Brees had 34 yards in the first half, which essentially put them in a position where miracles had to happen in order for them to win.  It's a testament to how good he can be that they were even in the ball game at the end, even with 2 dropped interceptions by Seattle.  Brees, and the rest of the Saints offense, definitely deserves a great deal of the responsibility of the loss in Seattle.

meandmesa
meandmesa

@eltex.tx  Dude, you seriously need to calm down.  Indysteve didn't allude to anything other than pointing out that Brees was doing what he could to help the team.  People like you who have this overriding need to nitpick and pounce upon utterly benign comments, seriously need to get a life.

davidhudsonone
davidhudsonone

@Sportsfan18 @ElvisHitler Once you get to the Elite level that all of these great QBs get to it is almost impossible to separate them. Stats lie because offenses are different defenses play different some gets a lot of turn overs and some do not. It then gets even more skewed when and some Elite QBs plays for Elite "teams" and other Elite QBs play for either good mediocre or bad "teams". They are then judged by wins and losses instead of their play on the field. Case in point. I remember watching Dan Marino and the Dolphins light up defenses for 45 and 50 points and they'd lose but it was always Marino can't win. I would personally take Brees over Rodgers he is just too good. 

Cool
Cool

@Sportsfan18 @ElvisHitler Rogers is going to only be as good as his front line.  He is going to get hurt again and again, because he got the money that could be used to protect him.  Maybe he is better now, but sitting on the bench counting his cash while trying to recover won't make him very effective in the future.