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Brees' folly: Overestimating his worth

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08:03 AM ET 05.25 | By all appearances, Drew Brees is a consummate leader and gentleman, not to mention a Super Bowl champion. [But] the main man on this football team is coach Sean Payton. And this is partly the reason Saints owner Tom Benson has been reluctant to simply write the check that Brees, who missed work this week, wants from the organization. On the open market, Brees wouldn't command the same bidding war as a Tom Brady, an Eli Manning or an Aaron Rodgers. ... To me, Brees is a product of the Saints' remarkable offensive system, one designed by Payton to utilize his quick-strike strengths, his ability to roll out and his mind to remember every detail of the offense.

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May 25, 2012  08:07 AM ET

On the open market, Brees wouldn't command the same bidding war as a Tom Brady, an Eli Manning or an Aaron Rodgers.


Anyone who thinks that is an idiot.

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May 25, 2012  08:10 AM ET

Brees only brought a SB win to the city when it needed it the most.

I bet PLENTY of teams would line up to give Brees what he wants.

May 25, 2012  08:11 AM ET

You are absolutely correct. Let him hit the open market and they will find out.

May 25, 2012  08:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

On the open market, Brees wouldn't command the same bidding war as a Tom Brady, an Eli Manning or an Aaron Rodgers.

Anyone who thinks that is an idiot.

Amen!

May 25, 2012  08:19 AM ET

I don't like this writer.

May 25, 2012  08:23 AM ET

A lot of teams would be interested, and, as the saying goes, it would only take one team to make it happen. There's no way he doesn't get his contract if he's willing to go elsewhere.

May 25, 2012  08:26 AM ET

Isn't there a salary cap in Football? I am not sure if they are trying to "low ball" him in NO, but there is only so much money you can pay one player per season and still try to field a competitive team.

May 25, 2012  08:35 AM ET

If Sean Payton is the key , then how come when he was in Dallas Romo and that offense did not tear up the league? Plug in Rex Grossman and see how that works out..

May 25, 2012  08:40 AM ET

Who did write that article? The GM of the Saints? I mean in what universe is Drew Brees not a force at QB?

May 25, 2012  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

You are absolutely correct. Let him hit the open market and they will find out.

Thats right dude! Open road/market if you dont agree.
Free Drew Brees!

May 25, 2012  08:41 AM ET

Stated differently, "we know we can't win without Brees. So, we're going to try to undermine his confidence by saying he's a system QB." Maybe the Jets should trade Tebow for Brees?

May 25, 2012  08:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Anyone who thinks that is an idiot.

Thank you.

And look at the source.

May 25, 2012  08:48 AM ET

'Brees is a product of the Saints' remarkable offensive system'. That's quite the dumb statement. All the successful qb's are products of their system. Manning was in Indy, Brady is in NE, Eli is in NY, Rodgers is in GB. When other qb's suck sometimes it's that the team doesn't have a system..or in the case of qb's like Sanchez...they just suck and no system will fix them.

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May 25, 2012  09:01 AM ET

Without Brees to execute the play, it is all just a theory , and as Jefferson Davis so aptly stated in his autobiography, " The Confederacy died of a theory."

May 25, 2012  09:01 AM ET

How much would Miami or Seattle give him?

May 25, 2012  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Who did write that article? The GM of the Saints? I mean in what universe is Drew Brees not a force at QB?

Agreed. If Brees isn't all that, let's see the Saints try to do better. There will be paper bag hats throughout the Superdome again in no time.

 
May 25, 2012  09:04 AM ET

Tom Condon, brees agent, has put a bounty out on Mickey Loomis.

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