What is Drew Brees Worth?

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 03: Professional football player Drew Brees attends ESPN The Magazine's "NEXT" Event on February 3, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for ESPN)

Just caught Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback article for Sports Illustrated this week, and it includes a little bit of conversation about the Drew Brees contract negotiations. Surprise!

King basically attempts to put a number to Brees' value and does so by looking at contracts of the other two top quarterbacks in the league, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, over the past six years.

But I'm going to show you some numbers, and then I'm going to make a point about why I think Brees is more in the right in this case of Saints vs. Brees in the big-money department.

After reading each of King's arguments, I can't really say I disagree. Brees is the best quarterback in the league, he's younger than Brady and Manning, and he's stayed healthy since 2005. All signs point to: pay the man!

So how does King think it will all eventually play out?

I think the Saints will pay him before the middle of August, and it'll be somewhere around $21 million a year. Looking at the precedents, that's only fair.

The dollar amount seems right, but I'm really not crazy about the timeline. Can't we get Drew signed by the end of May? Please?

What do you guys think about the numbers, timeline and argument that King is throwing around here?

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