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Brees breaks off contract talks with Saints

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08:04 AM ET 12.16 | Drew Brees prefers to keep his focus on the field, not the windfall that awaits him. Brees, 32, is due to be a free agent after this season, though the Saints can maintain rights to him through the franchise tag. "You know, I didn't want it to become a distraction," Brees said of the decision that was quietly made sometime in the past month. "And from the discussions we had, going back and forth, there was no progress really being made. I really wanted to just focus on football. ... His next deal is expected to compete with the recent deals signed by [Peyton Manning] (five years, $100 million), [Tom Brady] (a four-year, $72 million extension) and [Michael Vick] (at least five years, $80 million).

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December 16, 2011  08:10 AM ET

To quote Norman Chad, "Pay the man Shirley"

December 16, 2011  08:11 AM ET

Vick - what a stupid contract. Brees will make out very well.

December 16, 2011  08:11 AM ET

Break Marino's single-season passing yards record and then resume negotiations. Jacks up your value and accrues karma points for taking the high road at the same time. Brilliant.

December 16, 2011  08:13 AM ET

This isn't the time of the year to be focusing on contracts. Hopefully, that's all this is about. Besides, a deep playoff run will make him worth even more.

December 16, 2011  08:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

This isn't the time of the year to be focusing on contracts. Hopefully, that's all this is about. Besides, a deep playoff run will make him worth even more.

Word... "Pay for performance", at this point.

December 16, 2011  08:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Besides, a deep playoff run will make him worth even more.

There will be one. After Packers and Saints that conference has nothing!

December 16, 2011  08:21 AM ET

He's not going anywhere except the playoffs.

December 16, 2011  08:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Break Marino's single-season passing yards record and then resume negotiations. Jacks up your value and accrues karma points for taking the high road at the same time. Brilliant.

+1

Brees is a smart guy. He knows if he takes care of business on the field the Saints will take care of everything else. No franchise tag for this guy after all he's done for the team and the city of New Orleans.

December 16, 2011  08:29 AM ET

With that big bag of money the NFofL is getting from the networks the next 9 years, I'm sure the Saints will find a few sheckles to toss Brees' way.

December 16, 2011  08:39 AM ET

We got this same story about Brady and Peyton Manning. Yes, everyone's contract expires, and has to get re-negotiated when it does. Why is this news?

December 16, 2011  08:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

We got this same story about Brady and Peyton Manning. Yes, everyone's contract expires, and has to get re-negotiated when it does. Why is this news?

'Cause Brees is so vital to the Saints. And 'cause if they didn't pump up stuff like this they'd have to actually talk football and playoff scenarios and stuff. That's intimidating.

December 16, 2011  08:52 AM ET

The dude is in the driver's seat.

December 16, 2011  08:54 AM ET
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The dude is in the driver's seat.

team should sign him 3-5 years max...then come up with plan B

December 16, 2011  08:59 AM ET
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team should sign him 3-5 years max...then come up with plan B

It's all about the bonus and guarantees.

December 16, 2011  09:25 AM ET

"There will be one. After Packers and Saints that conference has nothing!"

That's 2 more than the AFC...

December 16, 2011  09:27 AM ET

This is unsightly for the Saints > pay the man as he is the face of the franchise . Then get on with winning another Superbowl!!

December 16, 2011  09:53 AM ET
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'Cause Brees is so vital to the Saints. And 'cause if they didn't pump up stuff like this they'd have to actually talk football and playoff scenarios and stuff. That's intimidating.

No other tabloids in Underwater City. What else to cover in Sports Section in The Times-Picayune.

December 16, 2011  09:53 AM ET

It will be a figure close to Manning & Brady...if they don't work a deal out there will be a tag slapped on him in February and they'll keep working on it. Good nonstory

December 16, 2011  10:31 AM ET
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No other tabloids in Underwater City. What else to cover in Sports Section in The Times-Picayune.

Wow, how original. Heard any good 9/11 jokes lately?

 
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