Scoot: What Would You Tell Drew?
7.12.12 - As the clock ticks toward the Monday afternoon deadline for signing a long-term contract with the Saints, I would tell Drew Brees that he should be one of, if not THE, highest paid players in the NFL. But I would also tell Drew that as the clock ticks toward the deadline, there may a risk that fans will view him as being too selfish.
The negotiations between Drew Brees and the Saints are a high-stakes game. While both sides have kept the details of the talks mostly private, enough has been presented to the public for fans to pick a side. Neither side wants to appear as if they “lost” in the negotiations.
If Brees signs for an amount lower than he’s demanding, fans may think he settled for less. If the Saints don’t offer Brees what he’s demanding, then the team might look like it is mistreating the team and the city’s most valuable player. It’s inevitable that ego stands in the way of two sides coming together in high-stakes negotiations.
I would tell Drew that the public loves an underdog. If the Saints are offering an average of $19.25 million a year, and he is asking for an average of $20.5 million, that’s close enough to sign an agreement. From an overall image standpoint, the asset of being seen as the more agreeable party would be worth the small difference in the contract.
Let’s face it, life isn’t always fair. The best performer on the field, or in the office, does not always get what he/she deserves based on performance. But there is always value in being the “underdog” rather than the “bully.”
Brees and the Saints remind me of the Republicans and Democrats in Washington. Neither side seems willing to do what’s in the best interest of the fans.
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