What took so long?
A historic contract offer is rumored to be in the works for New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. But the fact that NOLA is completely surrendering to Brees’ demands begs the question of, "Why now?"
Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported Brees and the Saints are expected to come to an agreement next week on a deal worth approximately $19.2 to $20 million a year. Such numbers would make him the highest-paid player in NFL history.
It shouldn’t have taken so long to come to an agreement. For crying out loud, the deal still technically isn’t finished. Did the Saints really think they had any leverage?
Decide whether Brees deserves that much money yourself, but one thing is for certain: New Orleans needed to re-sign him. And by need, I mean re-sign him or enjoy picking in the Top Five. Their other options at the position included Chase Daniel, Luke McCown and Sean Canfield—exactly.
In 2011, New Orleans finished 13-3 in the regular season, and many analysts believed they were the Super Bowl favorite after concluding the campaign on fire. They went on to lose a heartbreaker to the San Francisco 49ers, and now, the Saints are in shambles thanks to Bountygate. Oh, how things change in just a few months.
But instead of Brees being around the team, which is preparing to fight its way back to the Super Bowl against incredible odds of not having head coach Sean Payton and other teammates along for the ride, a holdout has freed up the QB’s schedule. Minicamps started in June. It would’ve been nice for Brees to improve his chemistry with Jimmy Graham and company, but that hasn’t happened.
Chris Mortensen of ESPN even reported on Tuesday that if Brees’ contract didn’t get done by next Monday’s deadline, he wouldn’t attend training camp.
New Orleans is playing with fire. They must get the deal done that should’ve been done months ago.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.