Saints Tickets – Brees Deal Now Looms Even Larger
New Orleans Saints tickets are one of the big turnaround stories in the NFL over the last five years. The Saints, once the laughingstock of the NFL, have now become favored sons in the NFC with playoff appearances, winning records, and a Super Bowl. He’s also been a major mover withing the community, providing a positive role model through his charity work and acting as an ambassador for the city of New Orleans.
But there are dark clouds looming on the horizon in the Saints organization. Brees turned down a new contract prior to last season, one that would have made him one of the most highly paid players in the NFL. Heading into 2012, Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints couldn’t swing a deal and Brees has been hit with the franchise tag.
Now the chances of signing the quarterback have gotten even slimmer with the huge contract the Detroit Lions laid on Calvin Johnson. In the world of the NFL, everything is related and quarterbacks make more than wide receivers in general. With Johnson at $132 million, what is Drew Brees worth? Word is that Brees and his agent Tom Condon are looking for $23 million a season over 5-6 years. Now that Johnson is in that neighborhood, the New Orleans Saints, and Saints tickets holders, are going to have to either pay up or bid goodbye to the man who revived not only a team but a city. There are signs that even Saints fans are beginning to regard the Pro Bowl quarterback as being greedy.
After all, wasn’t it the Saints who were the only team to believe in Drew Brees and offer him a contract when he was down and out? Wasn’t it the Saints who hired Sean Payton, a Head Coach whose system has allowed Brees to thrive? Who owes who here? The truth is, Drew Brees and the Saints system have a symbiotic relationship. One feeds off the other. Should either stray and destroy the chemistry, the whole ball of wax is gone. Eric Drouant