2012 NFL Free Agents: Saints GM Manages to Disrespect the Great Drew Brees

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterMarch 1, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07:  Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates after his team defeated the Indianapolis Colts during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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There is a great deal that you can question in the NFL. However, one thing that cannot be debated is whether Drew Brees is a great quarterback, because he most certainly is. 

The New Orleans Saints have benefited greatly from one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, but they continue to pinch pennies and hold out when it comes to the one issue that simply has to be addressed this offseason. And that's sign Brees to an extension—no matter the cost. 

Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports reports management is nearing a possible franchise tag for Brees, something that would have horrible and lasting effects on the rest of the team. This is not the most insane part of the report. 

Here is where things get shake-your-head frustrating for Saints fans. Cole writes: 

...Saints general manager Mickey Loomis tried to define Brees as “very good” when the quarterback was called “great,” according to three league sources. All three sources were asking Loomis why it was taking so long to sign Brees to a contract extension. Loomis’ answer spoke volumes.

There is posturing before working a deal, and then there is just being silly. Loomis, my friends, is being silly. Nobody is buying that Brees is simply a good quarterback and not a great one. 

I will take it a step further and say that by the end of his career, he will be viewed as a legendary one. Yet, we are supposed to buy some smoke being blown by Loomis, who is no doubt trying to get the best price for the one player he should overpay for. 

Let's just take this last season, for example, where Brees single-handedly made it a special one. The Saints had their issues and deficiencies, yet Brees put a winner on the field and broke a couple of records as well. 

Dan Fouts' average of 320 yards per game—a record that stood for 30 years—was shattered, as Brees threw for an average 342 yards.

Oh, and he tossed for 5,476 yards, breaking the famed Dan Marino record of 5,084 yards in a season. 

There are also the six Pro Bowl and four All-Pro selections—not to mention the Super Bowl VLIV MVP award. 

The Saints have waited so long that they may now have to waste the franchise tag on Brees and very well lose out on players that it would've been better suited for, as Cole notes in his Yahoo Sports report.

Apparently, just because you run a professional football team, it doesn't mean you are all that bright.