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Saints offered to make Brees highest-paid player

Posted on: March 2, 2012 12:50 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2012 1:28 pm
 
Did Brees really turn down Mickey Loomis' offer to make him the highest-paid NFL player? (US Presswire)
By Josh Katzowitz

With the report Thursday that the Saints and quarterback Drew Brees are $5 million per year apart on contract negotiations, CBSSports.com’s Larry Holder has the news that New Orleans offered Brees a contract before the 2011 season that would have made him the highest-paid player in the NFL and that Brees and his agent, Tom Condon, turned it down.

“He (general manager Mickey Loomis) offered Brees the highest paid contract in NFL history,” a source told Holder. “Does that not equate with great or elite?”

NFL News, Notes
In a Yahoo Sports report Thursday, Jason Cole cited multiple sources that said that Loomis was trying to devalue Brees by saying only he is a “very good” quarterback as opposed to a “great” one.

Cole also speculated that Saints owner Tom Benson might have to step into the negotiations to make sure both sides were satisfied with a new contract. New Orleans, of course, could franchise tag Brees, but Brees obviously wouldn’t be happy with that decision.

Plus, that would make it tougher for the team to keep guard Carl Nicks and receiver Marques Colston if the only way for the Saints to avoid sending Brees to free agency was to tag him.

As CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman wrote, “What the hell are the Saints doing? I've said this before. There are certain players, only a handful, where you open the vault and roll out the cash. You give them a blank check. Brees is one of those players. Franchising Brees is going to anger him, no question. Players despise the tag because it limits their earning potential. So you've ticked off your best player. For what? Why?”

But now we have to wonder why Brees and Condon would turn down the richest deal in the league and what they expect to actually get in return for Brees playing.

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D.WhoDatNation
Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 2:48 pm
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Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 2:01 pm
 

Saints offered to make Brees highest-paid player

If this report is true it must have been for an insulting length in contract. Otherwise it simply makes no sense at all, and can't possibly be true.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2012 1:55 pm
 

Saints offered to make Brees highest-paid player

I've said this before. There are certain players, only a handful, where you open the vault and roll out the cash. You give them a blank check. Brees is one of those players.
There are no such players in the salary cap era as there is no one player that can win it all for you by himself.  Please give Brees a lot of money, but you can't break the bank for him. 


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