Report: Drew Brees and Sean Payton’s job security with Saints not safe?


Drew Brees is still without question the New Orleans Saints’ most prized possession, but is his job security being threatened because of his contract situation?  Is Sean Payton’s?

According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has been given an ultimatum — take a pay cut next year or don’t come back?

That’s a bit harsh.  And I bet head coach Sean Payton would be the first to deny the allegations about his treasured possession, regardless of whether or not there’s any truth to the rumor.

Yes, Drew Brees is owed a ton of money ($30 million) next season — his final contract year — and he is indeed in the latter end of his career.  A pay cut would be nice to help the Saints’ looming cap situation.  An extension through 2018 is also an option to help spread some of that money out over the next several years.

While Rapoport’s report could be true, it’s hard to see anybody in the organization come right out and tell that to somebody.  Information like that is usually kept behind closed doors.  Some Sunday splash reporting, perhaps?

New Orleans will indeed have some big issues to address in 2016, including the future of quarterback Drew Brees, who’s still playing at a very high level.  If the Saints want to be relevant again anytime soon, some financial repairs will be on the agenda.  For now, expect No. 9 to remain in the Big Easy at least through next season.

But what about Sean Payton?  Another report from the rumor mill says Payton could be searching for landing spots if he moves on next season.  We’ll just leave this right here.  But again, they’re just rumors for now.