Drew Brees is fully aware that his New Orleans Saints are under the gun because of “Bounty Gate,” and he has no problem being the one to hold it.
According to espn.com via Chris Mortensen, Brees will not sign his franchise tender if he does not have a long-term deal in place by monday july 16.
Brees has stated publicly that he will not sit the season out but some wonder if he’ll be around for much if any training camp.
Brees is seeking $20.5 million a year and feels his six plus seasons with the organization is more than proof of his worth.
The New Orleans Saints have offered $19.25 million and feel making Brees the highest paid player in the game is more than market value.
Brees holds all the leverage and every significant card left to be played.
General manager Mickey Loomis has said he understands that Brees’ contract is the most important deal on which he has worked in his career. However, he has stressed that such a deal, with the potential to affect the team’s ability to sign other players, must be entered into with caution.
Both sides have offered proposals that would give the Saints more flexibility under the NFL’s salary cap than New Orleans would have if Brees played for the franchise tag the club has placed on him.
Your move Saints management and I wouldn’t take to long figuring it out either.