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Casserly: Saints to tag Brees without new deal

Posted on: December 24, 2011 12:54 pm
Edited on: December 24, 2011 1:27 pm
By Will Brinson

Drew Brees and the Saints decided to put any long-term contract talks on hold until after the 2011 season, but that doesn't mean a new deal for Brees isn't still kicking it as the large, pink elephant in the corner of the room.

On Sunday, CBS Sports Charley Casserly reported that the two sides are still working on a deal, but if they can't reach one before free agency begins, the Saints will place the franchise tag on Brees, and that Brees will probably not report if/when that happens.

"He's a free agent at the end of this year and both sides would like to get a long-term deal done," Casserly reported on The NFL Today. "The Saints told me if one is not done by the start of free agency, they'll franchise him. I estimate that number will be between $14-15 million. The target for Brees? The Peyton Manning contract -- $18 million a year, but more importantly, $23.4 million over the first three years.

"If a long-term deal is not done, I would not be surprised if Brees does not show up for offseason and even training camp."

Brees, as we've previously noted, probably would've slotted somewhere between Manning/Tom Brady and Michael Vick when it comes to a long-term deal and the amount he'd make annually. That's if, of course, the Saints were negotiating with Brees before this season.

Instead New Orleans will now be trading numbers with Brees' agent Tom Condon as Brees comes off a season in which he broke Dan Marino's record for most passing yards in a single season (he's just 300-some yards shy).

That stands to make things expensive for the Saints, and if the team goes deep into the postseason this year, things won't get any cheaper. And it won't exactly the public relations nightmare they deal with if Brees holds out any easier either.

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Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 4:49 pm

Casserly: Saints to tag Brees without new deal

Gee, a pass-happy offense.  How does it compare with other teams in the league.  Teams such as green Bay, New England, etc.  The Saints three running backs have a combined rushing total of more than 1,400 yards.  That's good enough for second- or third-most in the league. My impression here is that you should double-check the figures and refigure.

Since: Jan 1, 2010
Posted on: December 26, 2011 2:11 pm

Casserly: Saints to tag Brees without new deal

STD Outsiders

After making a statement lik that it's easy to understand why your level is "amateur" and your reputation is "0". You're an Eagles fan...enough said.

STD Outsiders
Since: Dec 26, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 12:15 pm
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Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2011 11:02 am

Casserly: Saints to tag Brees without new deal

Brees is great.  He got a crummy deal out in San Diego and he made the best of it in New Orleans.  He has earn his place.  As long as his average per pass completion is 3.5 yards or better, who cares.  It is all you need to keep drives going.  remember the Vikings many years back and the long handoffs.  Brees has won as many Super Bowls as Mannings, both Eli and Peyton, one each, Rodgers, (hopefully Rodgers will be moving out of this catergory) Favre, Warner, if I remember right.  He has more Super Bowl titles than Marino, Tarkington, Vick to name a few.

Generally I am for Brees, except when he plays vs. Green Bay, then I hate him.  He is a tough guy, not like Tom "No Defensive Players Come Near Me" Brady.   His career was in question with a shoulder injury which lead to his leaving San Diego.  You may not like him but you have to respect him because if you don't, you will pay!  Now it is time for New Orleans to pay!

Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 10:29 am

Casserly: Saints to tag Brees without new deal

Sergio, Peyton Manning got paid "Peyton" money with only one Superbowl, why shouldn't Brees get the same money with the same amount of Superbowl wins?  Manning is in the same "pass happy" offense as well.  Let's face it, before Drew Brees and Sean Payton the Saints had only five playoff appearances in franchise history.  Since 2006, the Saints have been to the playoffs 4/6 years:  NFC championship (2006), Superbowl (2009), wild-card opener (2010), and now again in 2011.  Give the man his money.

Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: December 26, 2011 9:40 am

Casserly: Saints to tag Brees without new deal

Brees is a great NFL QB.  But to say "look what the Saints were doing before HE arrived" is only half the story.  Without Sean Peyton's 'pass happy' offense,  Drew could not break Marino's record.  The NFL is a "system" league now.  ie  ROOKIE Andy Dalton's success in the West Coast offense  With all due respect, Drew needs more than breaking passing records for "Peyton" $$ - he needs another SB ring.

Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: December 25, 2011 6:57 pm

Casserly: Saints to tag Brees without new deal

Are you really that much of a moron? Drew Brees has thrown for more yards than any QB in nfl history, He is about to break the most yards ever thrown in Nfl history and currently holds the highest percentage of completions in a season.I think you need to know those facts before saying Brees is a phony.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: December 25, 2011 6:17 pm

Casserly: Saints to tag Brees without new deal

The foregoing comment was for Whitebread!

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: December 25, 2011 6:15 pm

Casserly: Saints to tag Brees without new deal

Please remove your head from your backside so you can think clearer. Your comments are full of crap.

Since: Mar 12, 2009
Posted on: December 25, 2011 5:45 pm

Casserly: Saints to tag Brees without new deal

You do realize he is the quarterback of the most prolific offense in NFL history?

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