If Drew Brees hasn’t got a long-term deal in place by Monday’s 4 p.m. ET cut-off point, the Saints QB has no intentions to sign his franchise tender and report to training camp, according to league and team sources.
Brees and the Saints must work out a long-term contract by July 16 or he’ll be required to play the 2012 season under his $16.371 million exclusive-rights franchise tender that prohibits the independent agent from signing with another team.
Nevertheless, sources say Brees has made it clear to supporters that he will not sign the tender and report to Saints training camp when it starts July 24. The sources also said that although Brees is on record as asserting he won’t miss the regular season, he may leave the Saints making a guess as to whether he is going to report in time for the team’s opener against the Washington Redskins on Sept. 9.
Under the league’s current collective negotiating arrangement, Brees would have till the Tuesday after the 10th regular-season game to sign his tender or he would be prohibited from playing what’s left of the season. If Brees misses any games, his 2012 income would be a prorated quantity of the $16.371 million based mostly on the amount of games remaining once he signs his tender.
Further complicating matters, arbitrator Stephen Burbank ruled that this tender marked the 2nd time Brees had been tagged. Burbank also clarified the CBA was meant for a player to be franchised less than 3 times in his career. The decision suggests that if Brees signs the tender this year and the Saints franchise him again in 2013, the team must offer Brees a 44% increase to a $23.57 million income next season.
The Saints have offered Brees a deal that would average $19.25 million per year, a team source related, which is slightly more than the $19.2 million the Broncos gave Peyton Manning.
Brees is searching for an average of $20.5 million each year; a source recounted, and is justifying his position based primarily on his performance during his 6 years with the Saints, including a Super Bowl MVP after Brees led the franchise to its 1st title in the 2009 season.
The Saints believe their offer satisfies the standard that may make Brees the highest-paid QB in the league. Nonetheless Manning’s deal and $19.2 million average income was accomplished inside 24 hours after he chose Denver. Manning also refused to use other teams’ interest to leverage a higher salary, notwithstanding Titans owner Bud Adams stating he was willing to pay Manning a significantly higher salary and provide him with a lifetime deal.
Brees, 33 years old, is also 3 years younger than Manning, who has undergone four neck surgeries prior to signing with the Broncos after missing the whole 2011 season with the Colts. Basketball lines
Brees has strongly stated his wish to finish his career with the Saints, but he has no wish to play with the chance of a 1 year contract after his experiences with the Chargers.