Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 5/29/12
There has been enough drama in New Orleans Saints camp this off season from “Bounty Gate” to players suing the NFL to who will be running the team while Sean Payton is suspended for all of 2012 season and his temporary replacement Joe Vitt , will also be serving his six game suspension.  The issue that should be the biggest concern for the Saints organization is how will the current standoff with All-Pro QB drew Brees will end. When Drew Brees came to the Saints back in 2006, after playing his first five seasons with the San Diego Chargers, he came to a team in dire need of a leader as they moved back into their stadium after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina in late August 2005.  Hurricane Katrina had moved the team out, as the Superdome was turned into a disaster relief location where residents called home for the 2005 season.  It also was shut down for some structural work.  Brees decided to sign with the Saints over the Dolphins after the Saints felt his right should surgery repaired and offered $22 million in guaranteed money in the first two years of the new 6 year, $60 million contract, a lot more than the Dolphins put on the table (do they kick themselves for that now).  Brees and the Saints first home game in the Superdome in 2006 was an extremely emotional and raucous event as the Saints beat the favored Atlanta Falcons 23-3.  The team built on that win to turn around a 3-13 season into a 10-6 campaign behind Brees. Brees’ accomplishments are well documented including the 2009 Super Bowl win vs. the Peyton Manning led Indianapolis Colts 31-17 and the laundry list of passing records, one being when last year he  broke Dan Marino’s 27 year old season passing yard mark, when he threw for 5.476 yards.  The big question now is what will Drew Brees and the Saints do now? 1. Will the Saints sign him to a long term deal?  2. Will he sign his one year franchise offer for between $16.371 and $23.574 million (depending on the CBA interpretation)? 3. Could the Saints possible trade their star QB to rebuild their team that is taking hits because of “Bounty Gate”? 4. Would Brees sit out the season in protest to being franchised again?  I highly doubt options 3 or 4 will happen, because he has too strong a tie to the New Orleans community.  He is also concerned about the image he is portraying to the people and wants to get this resolved for his family and more importantly his teammates The only thing holding the first issue up is the per year number.  Brees wants to be paid as the top QB in the league, which he currently sits at #2 behind Peyton Manning’s $18 million contract for 2012, but with the average salary he is #4 behind Manning, Steelers QB Ben Roethilsberger, and Eagles QB Michael Vick.  What will be enough for Brees?  If he continues to want the $20 million plus a year, he will continue to watch from the sidelines.  He is trying to use the Saints need for leadership and stability as leverage.  The Saints are hoping they could use the money they paid Brees back in 2006 as a hometown discount, when no one else would give him the money. We do one thing.  We will know by June 16th if option #1 or #2 is the answer.  This is the deadline for both sides to work out a long term deal. If they let this go without any action, this will only get uglier by the day.  Can the Saints take anymore bad press before it hits the ticket sales? Related articles The Bears Den: May 28, 2012 (60maxpowero.com) Plumbing the NFC North Depths: Running Back and Fullback (60maxpowero.com) Pittsburgh Steelers Preparing to Avenge Playoff Shocker (60maxpowero.com) 2012 key player: Michael Turner (60maxpowero.com) var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});
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