Now comes Mike Florio, of ProFootballTalk, who discounts talks between Brees and New Orleans which are rumored to be the richest dollars in the NFL, ever.
Hours after Mike Tripplet of Times Picayune indicated the word is the two sides are close to a deal that would put more money into Brees’s hands then any NFL owner has done for any player, ever, Florio has written that he is not so sure. Here are some exerpts:
With the Saints and quarterback Drew Brees less than a week away from the deadline for doing a long-term deal, there’s a growing belief in some league circles that the lingering impasse won’t be resolved — and that Brees will ultimately play in 2012 under the one-year, $16.371 million franchise tag.
That would put the Saints in the inordinately difficult position of having to pay Brees $23.57 million (nearly 20 percent of the projected salary cap) in 2013.
The pendulum could be swinging away from what was believed to be an inevitable long-term deal because the pendulum swung toward Brees on the $3.96 million question regarding the value of his franchise tender in 2013. If the Saints aren’t willing to do a multi-year contract that takes into account the fact that Brees currently is looking at nearly $40 million over the next two years under the tag, it could be difficult if not impossible to put this thing to bed.