Originally written on The Saints Nation  |  Last updated 5/17/12
Drewbrees
As frustrating as Drew Brees not being under contract has been for all parties involved, the one impressive part of the situation was both sides refusal to play the media game. Up until yesterday, the talks have remained incredibly tight lipped and private, with only hearsay tidbits being dropped by the media citing "sources familiar with talks". That all changed when Brees finally went public, though, and now the game has changed. Before it was all good faith negotiating. Now, the media has officially been brought in, which suggests the negotiations have reached a stage where Brees no longer believes he can attain his wants without the help of spin to the public to gain fan sympathy. To the Saints credit, so far they haven't taken the bait.
The key date always has been July 16th and it remains so. Despite this unfortunate turn, the Saints still have 2 months to figure this out. If July 16th comes and Brees is forced to live with his franchise tender only, then it's a disaster. Until then this situation is unfortunate, but fixable. Still, Brees' relationship with the organization is strained and that's not a good thing. We don't want him souring on the Saints. And while most fans are siding with Brees on this one, he has caught some heat for being greedy, too. I am a little afraid of fans turning on Brees, at least partially, and him in turn souring on them too. The longer this process goes the worse it gets from here on out. Unfortunately I don't really see this resolving before the 11th hour. Both sides have gotten this far and seem far enough apart that I suspect they will go as long as it takes to wait for the "opposition" to blink. They've come this far so I'm sure the attitude is "why bend now?". No one is desperate until the reality of Brees playing on a 1 year franchise tender, or holding out the entire 2012 season, comes into play. Brees has resorted to plan B in the process, though, and plan C/plan D only make the circus crazier from here.

I do want to caution fans against blasting the organization on this one. I sympathize with the "sign Drew Brees at all costs, just give him what he wants" position, but I also don't belive in mortgaging the future in praise of the past. The NFL is a business and the Saints have gotten to where they are now by running things in a very smart manner the last 6 years. In the age of the salary cap you can't spend irresponsibly on your stars even if you wanted to. Look how that's worked out for the Redskins, Eagles, and many others. You have to manage finances across a very deep roster, especially in the Saints' case, and they're trying to massage the numbers in an effort to ultimately win games. As fans we can't have a philosophical problem with that, even if it's to the detriment of Drew Brees. Now of course, part of being a smart run business in the NFL is hanging on to your elite quarterback. Still, the Saints aren't at risk of losing them. Can you blame them for taking advantage of the NFL rules to pin down Brees? Brees isn't an unrestricted free agent, and if he doesn't like the franchise tag offer or a long term deal the Saints offer, he can choose to sit the year out. That's really his only card. I can't really blame the Saints for angling Brees towards a smaller figure. As fans we need to remember that this is part of a process and they're doing this in an effort to win more games. No one player is ever bigger than the team.

I don't blame Brees for being frustrated, either. His deal should have been done by now. But I'm sure Mickey Loomis feels the exact same way. What does make me feel uneasy is the turn this has taken, which suggests we're not very close to a resolution. I have a feeling it'll get worse before it gets better. Just get it done by July 16th boys.

[follow]
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jim Brown: I ‘encourage and support’ Johnny Manziel

Vincent criticizes NFLPA over spending millions on lawsuits

MLB urges Supreme Court to deny San Jose's A's appeal

Jeanie Buss: Phil Jackson loves the Twitter criticism

Vikings RB McKinnon: If I had a fantasy team, I'd take myself

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Kings have had discussions with John Calipari

De’Andre Johnson charged with misdemeanor battery

Russell Wilson on salary: If it's $25M or $1.5M, I'll be ready to go

Luke Ridnour reportedly traded for fourth time in a week

Scottie Pippen: I was LeBron James before LeBron James

Report: Marc Gasol only visiting with Memphis Grizzlies

Diamondbacks are contenders, but team's direction is unclear

Selecting the 2015 American League All-Stars

Jim Harbaugh is recruiting a prospect he once babysat

Conan makes Marshawn's wildest dreams come true

Brett Favre dons Packers jersey, says, 'I think I could still play'

Bo Knows, Bo Goes: Wisconsin feels pride and pain

Popovich won't call free agents at midnight, he'll be in bed

Joe Buck explains why he quit Twitter

Should the White Sox and Indians become sellers?

Fan bases most deserving of a Super Bowl 50 win

2015 NBA Draft grades: Eastern Conference

Report: Redskins urged by major group to change team name

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Selecting the 2015 AL All-Stars

NBA Draft grades: Eastern Conference

Under the radar NBA free agents

Michael Sam, boyfriend broke up?

Mickelson linked to money laundering?

Reminiscing on 'Love & Basketball' 15 years later

Selecting the 2015 NL All-Stars

The Sixers' latest horde

Projected landing spots for NBA's top free agents

MLB changes format for Home Run Derby

Revis to work out with Patriots DBs

Peterson: I'm still NFL's best RB

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.