I thought we were past this, but apparently not. A recent article by Brett Pollakoff of FOX Sports suggested that the New Orleans Saints should consider trading quarterback Drew Brees before the Nov. 1 trade deadline.
Drew Brees has been phenomenal this season, racking up a league-best 350 yards per game while throwing 17 touchdowns against 5 INTs. But the Saints are 2-4, and are going nowhere fast.
New Orleans has so many holes to fill on the roster that trading Brees might make some long-term sense, especially now that the 37-year-old is playing in his 16th NFL season, and probably can't keep playing at such a high level for much longer.
Brees had a no-trade clause negotiated into his most recent contract, but if the right team came calling, it wouldn't be difficult to see him waive that in order to play for a winner as he closes his career out.
Where do we even begin?
For starters, the Saints made out well for their salary cap by implying Loomis-nomics on this deal. While the original contract extension Brees and company agreed to is technically for five years, the deal is essentially for this year and next with the guaranteed $44.25 million for 2016 and 2017.
Heading into next season, Brees accounts for just 12.2 percent of the team’s salary cap. Their historic dead money situation for next season is favorable, as they aren’t even flirting with double-digit figures ($7.88 million). While they get the Brees production, some upgrades most likely happen in the offseason that will keep protection on the then 38-year-old quarterback, and with any luck the team will get some better defensive staples.
Drew Brees is playing some of his best football right now, and if you go back the past few months (something the national media doesn’t care to do), the duo of Brees and Sean Payton will stand as long as they can.
Anyone that religiously follows this team could go into much more detail on why this is absolutely erroneous, but why bother? It just goes to show you that some people don’t have a pulse on what’s really going on in New Orleans.