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08:04 AM ET 03.15 | Drew Brees, whenever he signs, will in large part have Calvin Johnson -- and his agent, Bus Cook -- to thank. Johnson and Cook just combined to give Brees and his agent, noted leverage-meister Tom Condon, all sorts of ammunition for their upcoming talks with the Saints. That's because in the spectrum of NFL contracts, it is extremely rare that a star quarterback is outranked in earnings by a player from any other position. Moreover, the difference in pay for elite quarterbacks is usually significant. For now, Johnson's eight-year, $132 million deal with $53.25 million guaranteed is the type of contract that resets the marketplace for all top players.

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March 15, 2012  08:07 AM ET

Saints really need to do this. Brees has been such a stand-up guy (ok, with the exception of his "lack of knowledge" of the bounty scandal) for New Orleans. He's been their Manning. Sorry, Archie.

March 15, 2012  08:14 AM ET

As good as Megatron is, his contract with the Lions really screws up the salary structure for the whole league. Now, every diva wideout is going to want that kind of money, and they'll go off and pout when they don't get it. The caps aren't going up fast enough to accomodate these monster salaries, so teams are going to have a hard time keeping all their top players, and they're going to have to low-ball the rest of the team, too.

March 15, 2012  08:19 AM ET

Sean Payton just put a bounty on Calvin's head.

March 15, 2012  08:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

As good as Megatron is, his contract with the Lions really screws up the salary structure for the whole league. Now, every diva wideout is going to want that kind of money, and they'll go off and pout when they don't get it. The caps aren't going up fast enough to accomodate these monster salaries, so teams are going to have a hard time keeping all their top players, and they're going to have to low-ball the rest of the team, too.

This is why nobody was buying what the owners were selling during the lockout. As in all sports the owners always fail to take accountability for their stupid actions.

March 15, 2012  08:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Sean Payton just put a bounty on Calvin's head.

On the car radio, the guy from NPR's Only a Game was talking about that, and the suggestion from a listener that they take away the Super Bowl trophy from the Saints.

But what would they do with it? Give it to the Colts? Or should they go back further, take away the NFC title that year and give it to the Vikings? Even better, they could re-constitute the Colt and Viking teams from 2009 and have them re-play the game. Wouldn't that be a spectacle?

March 15, 2012  08:35 AM ET

That Megatron deal is just crazy. Somebody needs to restore sanity to the marketplace. Where are the Autobots when you need them?

March 15, 2012  08:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Saints really need to do this. Brees has been such a stand-up guy (ok, with the exception of his "lack of knowledge" of the bounty scandal) for New Orleans. He's been their Manning. Sorry, Archie.

He brought that organization and that city out of the depths of despair. You just can't quantify what he means to New Orleans monetarily.

March 15, 2012  08:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

That Megatron deal is just crazy. Somebody needs to restore sanity to the marketplace. Where are the Autobots when you need them?

when does the current CBA expire?

March 15, 2012  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

He brought that organization and that city out of the depths of despair. You just can't quantify what he means to New Orleans monetarily.

Exactly. And, watching NFL Network last night, Baldinger called it. The last time Brees got the franchise tag, he was nearly bounced out of the league with the shoulder injury.

March 15, 2012  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

On the car radio, the guy from NPR's Only a Game was talking about that, and the suggestion from a listener that they take away the Super Bowl trophy from the Saints.But what would they do with it? Give it to the Colts? Or should they go back further, take away the NFC title that year and give it to the Vikings? Even better, they could re-constitute the Colt and Viking teams from 2009 and have them re-play the game. Wouldn't that be a spectacle?

When is Goodell going to pull the trigger on the Saints, all we hear about is Peyton?

March 15, 2012  09:08 AM ET

I HATE how contracts are reported.
The ONLY number that means diddly bop is the guaranteed money part and the signing bonus.
He gets the guaranteed part the first three years, the last two years are voidable. His cap number for this year went down $8 million dollars.
He will NEVER see much of that other $80 million.
Jeeeeesh!

March 15, 2012  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

When is Goodell going to pull the trigger on the Saints, all we hear about is Peyton?

He'll probably wait until Peyton signs. Why crash the party with bad news?

March 15, 2012  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

He'll probably wait until Peyton signs. Why crash the party with bad news?

Good point

March 15, 2012  09:34 AM ET

Does Brees want to beat PM and Brady in a salary game, or does he want to beat them on the field?
I would think the qb who wants to win games would be interested in having decent players to play with - the reported difference in salary Brees wants would have (nearly) paid for Nicks

March 15, 2012  09:34 AM ET

Does Brees want to beat PM and Brady in a salary game, or does he want to beat them on the field?
I would think the qb who wants to win games would be interested in having decent players to play with - the reported difference in salary Brees wants would have (nearly) paid for Nicks

March 15, 2012  09:34 AM ET

This was a cap move as much as anything.
He was to count $19 million this year against the cap, now he only counts $12 million. ( close enough )

March 15, 2012  09:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

When is Goodell going to pull the trigger on the Saints, all we hear about is Peyton?

The Ginger Dictator has never been one to act in haste. The news only broke a few weeks back.

He may wait and announce his decision later this month, when the sports media is in a frenzy over college basketball, so this bad-image news gets buried in the hoopla over hoops.

March 15, 2012  09:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

When is Goodell going to pull the trigger on the Saints, all we hear about is Peyton?

maybe Goodell is waiting for the spring floods - sounds like he would like to throw the offenders in the Mississippi, and if they don't sink, Goodell will burn them at the stake.

March 15, 2012  09:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I HATE how contracts are reported. The ONLY number that means diddly bop is the guaranteed money part and the signing bonus. He gets the guaranteed part the first three years, the last two years are voidable. His cap number for this year went down $8 million dollars. He will NEVER see much of that other $80 million.Jeeeeesh!

Nice job, as always

 
March 15, 2012  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Sean Payton just put a bounty on Calvin's head.

Nicely played!

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