That's bad enough. You cannot give up 1 out of every 5 dollars to one player and still be able to sign all the other 51 players. It just can't happen. But let's concede you can this incredibly stupid thing. That is not all Brees is demanding. He wants at least a six year deal with 4 out of every 7 dollars guaranteed. Do you realize, what that means. That means if you give him his 23 million a year. That the Saints would have to pay him 13.2 million a year for the length of the contract, even if he gets hurt and doesn't play another down. That means you are guaranteeing him 11% of your entire salary cap, even if he gets hurt and can't play another down. Do you realize what that means? Sure he has been durable as a Saint, but he does have a history of serious injury. Can this team afford that kind of risk? The answer btw for those that are NFL challenged, is no team can. You are talking about crippling this team for at least six years.
I am going to say this and I know many of you are going to scream and holler, but Drew Brees is a system quarterback. I say the same thing about Tom Brady. Out of the their system, they are good, but not great quarterbacks. And I am not just talking about the pass first philosophy of the Saints, but of things like blocking schemes to make lanes for a six foot quarterback, for things like having adjustable routes for receivers, for having receivers pinch pass rushers, so the line can block without help in order to keep so many receivers in the lanes. This scheme is what makes Drew Brees a great quarterback and not an average one. He is worth 18 to 20 million for past services and all, but he is not worth 23.
And I am going to raise more ire. Drew Brees is only worth an extra 2 wins a season with his leadership qualities, not his ability at quarterback. He makes a 10 -6 team a 12 - 4 team, but he is not Peyton Manning, who makes a 6 - 10 team, a 12 - 4 team. We can win the South and the NFC with Chase Daniels at quarterback, if the scheme can be achieved without Sean Payton. I don't think that is possible, but if we can run his scheme with our present coaching staff, I see a 10 - 6 or 11 -5 season. This being said, the one reason I do think we need to sign Drew Brees is not for his quarterbacking skills, but his knowledge of the offense. The minute Sean Payton was suspended, the Saints were forced into a corner. So, if I were the Saints, I would give him a one year deal for about 21 million and look to make a long term deal later.