Amid the scandal of “Bounty Gate” the New Orleans Saints have placed their exclusive-rights franchise tag on quarterback Drew Brees according to various news outlets. This tag carries a $14.4 million salary cap hit and that hit could increase as the spring moves along.
My question is with the two sides so far apart on a long-term deal, should Brees and the Saints consider parting ways. Again its just a question but with bounty gate picking up steam and the Saints struggling to keep key pieces, are the New Orlean Saints about to begin a major reconstruction?
New Orleans is preparing to lose All Pro left guard Carl Nicks, wide receiver Marques Colston, and wide receiver Robert Meachem just to name a few. There will be no big free agent acquisition for the Saints. Until the consequences for bounty gate are handed down, we can only speculate on what the Saints draft will look like. There is the aging and already shaky defense that will now have to play with the hovering cloud of bounty gate and its consequences. This is a hot topic that will now be discussed at least once a day for the forseeable future.
You have to wonder if the present contract hassle, roster turnover, and bounty scandal will give Brees a moment of pause in evaluating his football future. If Brees and the Saints can not come to a long-term agreement during the next 365 days, it will be very interesting to see how many NFL teams will be wiling to pay the then 34 year Brees the $23 million dollars a season he is seeking.