Drew Brees had a phenomenal season in 2011. He broke the league's single-season passing yardage record by racking up 5,476 yards, while completing 71.2 percent of his passes for 46 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
Brees now wants a new contract, and was not happy with being marked with the franchise tag by the New Orleans Saints. The two sides have continued negotiating a long-term deal, but according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Brees wants a deal on par with the contract Peyton Manning signed with the Denver Broncos.
The Saints don't have a ton of cap room right now, so Brees needs to understand that if he likes having a good team around him, he'll have to lower his demands. Manning signed a five-year, $96 million contract. That was essentially the same deal the four-time MVP had with the Indianapolis Colts, and that contract almost crippled the Colts' franchise.
Obviously Brees deserves to be paid well, but he's currently demanding too much money if he wants to continue being surrounded by a lot of talent. He'll have to compromise if he wants to keep the team together for the remainder of his career.