Some critics have tried to pick on Drew Brees for not accepting an offer somewhere in the vicinity of $18 million per year. Many more, though, have been highly critical of Saints management for their inability to find a price the team and its franchise QB can agree upon.
The feeling in the league, and among fans, is that Drew Brees is worth just about anything he asks for. Most feel he's worthy of becoming the highest-paid player in the league for multiple reasons.
Among them, it can be said that Brees is as valuable as any player in the league, and not just on the football field, but in the community as well.
It’s also important to understand that the contract Brees signed back in early 2006—six years, $60 million—was quickly relegated to secondary status when such quarterbacks as Tony Romo and David Garrard signed deals of similar value within a year or two of Brees.
That argument became even more compelling when rookie Sam Bradford signed a rookie deal for six years, $72 million. In other words, for two seasons Sam Bradford has had a higher average salary than Drew Brees. Something seems wrong with that picture.
For some reason, the Saints organization has yet to understand this Brees' deal is different than any other deal they’ve ever been involved in. Brees’ contract may be an even bigger deal than Benson buying the Hornets this spring. That’s how much Brees means to the New Orleans Saints.
If these were the only reasons Brees deserves to be paid $23 million per year, I wouldn’t hesitate to pay the man.