Zach Strief: Nobody should be more compensated more than Drew Brees
In an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Sunday, New Orleans Saints veteran tackle Zach Strief offered some supporting comments for fellow quarterback Drew Brees.
“Nobody deserves to be paid and to be compensated more than him,” said Strief while on NFL Rewind with Mike Nolan and Zig Fracassi.
“No one puts in more time. Nobody is more important to this team and this locker room. To us, as players, there’s nobody that we feel is more important to take care of than that guy. Drew’s contract will get done. Obviously with a guy that valuable, that contract takes time.”
Zach Strief also added that Drew Brees, as we know, is one of the most consistent players he’s ever been around. You can listen to the full interview here:
There’s going to be a ton of jostling over the next few months between the Saints and agent Tom Condon for the future of Drew Brees. Of all players remaining on the roster in the Sean Payton era, Strief would know best about the veteran quarterback. After being partners in crime since 2006, the two have seen extensive battle over the past decade.
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The parties involved will have a lot to consider, as Brees certainly feels that he can play well until he reaches 40, and a contract extension with the Saints will likely take him until he turns 41 or even 42. Brees new deal will need to have at least 60-65 percent in guaranteed money and a strong signing bonus.
Drew Brees is scheduled to become a free agent after 2016, and the Saints can’t afford to use an estimated $42 million franchise tag on him in 2017. With a quarterback as prized as Brees, you can’t expect any type of backloaded deal that would benefit the Saints tremendously, and you can also bet that there will be other suitors interested if he were to ever hit the open market.