New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is halting contract negotiations so his team can be completely focused on improving off of back-to-back 7-9 seasons. Head coach Sean Payton seems to agree with his quarterback’s decision.
Payton joined PFT Live on Friday and talked about Brees’s contract and said that he is pretty excited about him being focused on improving their record this year.
“Just having seen the interview and his comments, they totally make sense,” Payton said. “It was the case [five] years back. You don’t want to be, A, as team or, B, as a player focusing on player contracts right during the middle of the season. . . . I wouldn’t say that there hasn’t been a sense of urgency with [G.M.] Mickey [Loomis] and [agent] Tom [Condon]. Those guys are the ones that are in contact and are the ones that are doing it. . . . I just know how Drew is and his focus and his ability to work and concentrate on the task at hand that won’t be altered, and that’s a strength of his.”
If a new deal isn’t worked out by the start of the season, it could end up hurting the team in the end.
The $30 million cap number for this year would become a franchise tender of $43 million, which would force the team to tag Drew Brees.
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