QB Drew Brees is very unhappy with the Saints
If Drew Brees doesn’t have a long term agreement in place by Monday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline, the New Orleans Saints QB has no intentions to sign his franchise tender and report to training camp, according to league and team sources.
Brees and the Saints must work out a long term agreement by July 16 or he’s going to be needed to play the 2012 season under his $16.371 million exclusive-rights franchise tender that restricts the independent agent from signing with another team.
However, sources say Brees has made it clear to supporters that he will not sign the tender and report to Saints training camp when it begins July 24. The sources also said that although Brees is on record as asserting he will not miss the regular season, he may leave the Saints guessing as regards whether he is going to report in time for the team’s opener against the Redskins on Sept. 9.
Under the league’s current collective bargaining arrangement, Brees would have till the Tuesday after the 10th regular-season game to sign his tender or he would be prohibited from playing the remainder of the season. If Brees misses any games, his 2012 income would be a prorated amount of the $16.371 million based mostly on the amount of games remaining once he signs his tender.
Further complicating matters, arbitrator Stephen Burbank ruled that this tender marked the 2nd time Brees had been tagged. Burbank also clarified the CBA was meant for a player to be franchised not more than 3 times in his career. The decision means that if Brees signs the tender this year and the Saints franchise him again in 2013, the team must offer Brees a 44% increase to a $23.57 million income next season.
The Saints have offered Brees a contract that would average $19.25 million a year, a team source recounted, which is a bid more than the $19.2 million the Broncos gave Peyton Manning. Sports Betting
Brees is searching for an average of $20.5 million each year, sources said, and is justifying his position based on his performance during his 6 years with the Saints, including a Super Bowl MVP after Brees led the franchise to its first title during the 2009 season.
The Saints believe their offer satisfies the standard which will make Brees the highest-paid QB in the league. Nonetheless Manning’s deal and $19.2 million average income was accomplished within 24 hours after he selected Denver. Manning also declined to use other groups’ interest to leverage a higher salary, despite Titans owner Bud Adams saying he was willing to pay Manning a significantly higher salary and provide him with a lifetime deal.
Brees, 33, is also 3 years younger than Manning, who has undergone four neck surgeries prior to signing with the Broncos after missing the entire 2011 season with the Colts.
Brees has hardly stated his need to finish his career with the Saints, but he has no desire to play with the danger of a one-year contract after his experiences with the Chargers.