Cause for Alarm? Quarterback Brian Brohm works out for the New Orleans Saints


Yesterday local New Orleans news FOX 8 reported that the New Orleans Saints were bringing in former All-Pro receiver Randy Moss for a workout Tuesday.

However, what was most overlooked of the statement is that former Packers quarterback Brian Brohm, will throw during the workout.

Former Louisville Cardinals quarterback Brian Brohm was the Green Bay Packers second round pick (56th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.

In 2006 while at Louisville, he and running back Michael Bush were Heisman Trophy candidates.

During that season in 11 starts he completed 199 of 313 pass attempts for 3,049 yards. He recorded 16 touchdowns and only five interceptions in 2006.

While with the Green Bay Packers in 2008, Brian Brohm didn’t see any action due to quarterback Aaron Rodgers taking the reigns under center after Brett Favre’s retirement.

Following the 2008 season, the Buffalo Bills signed Brohm off the Packers practice squad on November 19, 2009.

Brohm started two games during his time with the Buffalo Bills in 2009 and 2010.

In his two starts he completed 27 passes out of 52 attempts for 252 yards. He had five interceptions, and zero touchdowns in him limited pro debut.

After the Buffalo Bills decided not to re-sign the restricted free agent during the 2011 offseason, Brohm decided to sign with the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League on August 29, 2011.

Brohm played in his only game on September 24, 2011 against the Virginia Destroyers when he saw action after entering the game in relief of starter Chase Clement.

He was efficient in his relief effort completing 10 of his 19 passes for 111 yds and two touchdowns in a 34-17 loss.

Back-up quarterback Chase Daniel is a restricted free agent, so this may be a question of due diligence on the Saints part mor than anything.

On the other hand could this be a sign of the future and what to expect in the coming years from the Saints franchise.

With quarterback Drew Brees said to be “livid” about having the exclusive franchise tag placed on him Saturday, March 3rd. He had also reportedly said that he will not sign the tag.

Between Brees contract woes and the NFL reports that the Saints had “bounties” on players from the 2009-2011 season, this week can’t seem to get much worse for the franchise.

The Saints were forced to franchise tag Brees to prevent him from hitting the free agent market after the two sides were reportedly approximately $5 million off for the first three years in talks.

The New Orleans Saints wanted to offer Drew Brees $18 million a season, which is the amount that quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Tom Brady make through the life of their contract.

Brees and agent Tom Condon however, were requesting $23 million over the first three years, which is how Manning’s deal was structured.

A reported also came to light that the New Orleans Saints offered Drew Brees a contract that would have made him the highest paid quarterback in the NFL prior to the 2011 season, but he turned it down.

In 2011, Brees set single-season records for passing yards (5,476), completion rate (71.2%) and total completions (468) and lead the league with 46 touchdown passes.

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said that they will continue talking to Drew Brees in attempt to work out a long term deal by the July 15th deadline.

Should the two sides not have a deal done by the deadline, Brees would have to make a choice to either sign the franchise tag or hold out.

A hold out is something that Who Dat Nation does not want to see, especially from a player who is the key to the Saints success since 2006.

Should an unhappy Brees not get a long term contract done and should he decide to sign the franchise tag, if the Saints get their franchise tag revoked from the “Bountygate” scandal, re-signing him next season could be trouble.

Brees wants to become the highest paid quarterback in the NFL, but will the New Orleans Saints have enough cap room to give him the deal he wants with so many free agents?

If the tag is signed, that only guarantees him back for the 2012 season.

With Brees bunhappy with the franchise tag and should a long term deal not be complete by July 16th, there could be a good chance that he doesn’t return to the black and gold in 2013.

Are the New Orleans Saints sensing that it could be in their best interest to look around the league for possible replacements?

Could back-up quarterback Chase Daniel get more playing time should the Saints jump out to big leads to get him more experience?

The New Orleans Saints have not released any statements to make fans believe that they’d be interested in drafting or signing a quarterback, so this shouldn’t be a cause for alarm, but it’s something to think about.

If a long term deal isn’t complete by July 16th, 2012, Who Dat Nation should brace themselves in expectations of the worst — life after Drew Brees.