New Orleans Saints salary cap makes Brees contract very tricky; what's the reason?

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Jan 14, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) warms up before the 2011 NFC divisional playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Saints 36-32. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees said that he and the club continue to work toward a long-term deal for him.  With the Saints current salary cap number, it’s not helping any.

Now apparently, Mickey Loomis is comparable to Rumpelstiltskin and spin straw into gold.  He is credited with making some very surprising but welcome moves in free agency especially to the Saints linebacker position.

But with offseason workouts coming up on Monday, the sense coming from Brees is that if a new contract isn’t worked out between now and then, he won’t be present at them.

Of course Brees will need to sign his franchise tag tender in order to do so anyway but that’s unlikely since he was injured when he was franchised with the San Diego Chargers in a similar situation.

The Saints salary cap is one of the lowest in the league right now at $519,692.  The only lower ones are the Carolina Panthers at $443,978 and the Arizona Cardinals at $8,795.

Currently the franchise tag amount for Brees is at $14.4 million which is figured into the current cap number.  Translation, put it back in the pot and you have a little over $14.9 million.

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  • larryjames836

    Drew Brees is a great quarterback but in today’s games it all about money I understand Drew Brees wants to be the highest paid quarterback in the lead good but what he fails to understand is that Mr. Tom Benson, Mr. Mickey Loomis, and Mr. Sean Payton are working to make him happy and he looking and hearing the problems. This is to keep him safe they done been through a lot I love football I played in my high school years because I love it. NFL is a money organization watch this Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, and Drew Brees have the same agent. Now Peyton Manning knew the Colts weren’t going to keep him and pay him all that money and no performance so this put on the market. Now before Peyton Manning were released the season was in the Saints offer a highest player in the lead Drew Brees said wait till the season is over. Watch this Peyton Manning season ended 2011 season catch it here Drew Brees turned his down why because of Peyton Manning on the market. Peyton Manning went from to team until a offer him 96 milion are you catching it now if the New Orleans Saints would not have drop that tag on Brees him and Peyton would have been on market running from team to team to who will be the highest paid quarterback in the NFL. Every team in the NFL would have put all they money on
    the table this why Drew Brees is holding out he know the Saints is at they last straw. He don’t want to give a discount he at the point I’m not going to play until you guys pay so right now the Saints is pulling all strings to make him happy they may have to restructure some.players contract which is not fair but there are some players on the team that love they team and Drew Brees they will restructure their contract it have happen this off-season I hope after the pulling strings Drew Brees turn around and put something back on the table that’s fair the other guys must make a living to. Five 115 million, 138 million Six years.