Kristian: The Saints shouldn't be here
Didn't Drew Brees deserve a contract extension two years ago? Why are we here? Why are we waiting with baited breathe to find out if the Saints will be able to reach a long term contract agreement with Drew Brees before Monday's franchise tag designation deadline?
Those are all questions I've asked my self over the last few weeks.
Now Drew Brees holds all the cards in contract talks. I'm certain not one Saints fan would have argued against giving Brees a huge extension in March of 2010 coming off the teams first ever Super Bowl title. "I'm sure more people would support number 9 than would support (General Manager) Mickey Loomis and (Owner) Tom Benson," NFL network analyst Heath Evans said.
The fact of the matter is that Saints fans shouldn't even be in this spot. To be honest, Brees shouldn't be in this position. Why wouldn't you extend this guy before being faced with a potential Doomsday scenario?
"When I was in Green Bay we wouldn't even let Brett Favre get to two years before we would extend his contract," ESPN Business analyst Andrew Brandt said of the puzzling Drew Brees contract talks with the Saints. Brandt was in the front office with the Packers during Favre's time with Green Bay.
Now, Saints fans are left wondering, stirring with emotion. Fans are emotional, they should be. This team means too much to this city. Drew Brees means too much to the Saints. Will the Saints be able to get it done before Monday? It looks tight, but don't lose hope that a deal will be reached before then, and Saints won't be forced to use the franchise tag on Brees.
Trust Mickey Loomis, and know that "cap friendly deals" are his specialty. However, Saints fans shouldn't be in this spot. More importantly Brees shouldn't be in this situation. Pay the Dude! Period!