When it comes to negotiating a multi-million dollar contract with a professional athlete, we all know t’s all about the money. And yet sometimes negotiations take on other angles and things get complicated. Yes, in the latest blog entries and articles we’ve been writing about the players transfers and the big moves going on in the NBA and the NFL, but this particular case between Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints is still one of our recurring topics. Basically because despite their long relationship and the very successful six years these two parts have failed to reach an agreement and the deadline is right there, right around the corner. If these two can reach an agreement before July 16th, not only would the two be bound to close on a one-year $16.371 million contract, according to the exclusive-rights franchise tender that restricts the free agent from signing with another team, he could miss out some of the first team practices.
Now, according to some sources close to the negotiations, Drew Brees has said that he will not sign the tender nor will he report to the New Orleans Saints training camp when it begins July 24. It seems as if Brees will try to play this one out and get the team to be a bit more flexible and give him the number he’s been asking for his new contract. He is not expected to miss any regular season games but it seems that he may leave the Saints guessing as to whether he will report in time for the team’s opener against the Washington Redskins on Sept. 9. He insists to keep the upper hand on this.
Now, check this part out. Because of the newly signed collective bargaining agreement, Drew Brees would have until the Tuesday after the 10th regular-season game to sign his tender. If he doesn’t comply with this, he would be prohibited from playing the remainder of the season. If Brees misses any games, his 2012 salary would be a prorated amount of the $16.371 million based on the number of games remaining once he signs his tender. Now, you might think that he is been grossly underpaid, but at the end, that doesn’t seem to be the situation. According to the official records, the New Orleans Saints have offered Brees a contract that would average $19.25 million per year. That’s not bad at all. For instance, that would turn out to be slightly more than the $19.2 million the Denver Broncos gave Peyton Manning. Then again, Brees is three years younger than Peyton Manning who has also undergone 5 neck surgeries, so you would guess that his better health might get him a little more money.
Brees is seeking an average of $20.5 million per year. It seems a bit high for the Saints management which is trying to protect the integrity of the salary cap and their roster. And yet this could go wrong: if Brees played for the franchise tender of $16.37 million this year and $23.57 million in 2013. A long-term contract seems as the most reasonable exit for the Saints so, I’m willing to guess that at the 11th hour before the deadline the two parts are going to reach an agreement.