5 scenarios on how the Drew Brees-Saints contract situation pans out

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Jan 3, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) greets head coach Sean Payton moments before their game winning field goal in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The Saints won 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 3, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) greets head coach Sean Payton moments before their game winning field goal in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The Saints won 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports /

Best-Case: Drew Brees signs an extension before the season starts

The easiest way to put aside all of this chatter is to have the Saints and Drew Brees strike a contract extension before the regular season starts. While there’s not much optimism swirling and the fact that it’s been about three months since the two parties have met, it feels like this is a real long shot right now. Naturally, a lot can change in just over six weeks. With other quarterbacks cashing in on deals, it certainly tends to favor Brees’ next contract. So, where’s the hangup? It’s likely in the guaranteed money.

In June, I suggested that Drew Brees’ new deal will need to have at least 60-65 percent in guaranteed money and a strong signing bonus. That was largely based on his previous contracts, but it would seem Brees could look for even more of his new deal to be guaranteed. If you actually read into what Brees has said around not discussing a contract once the regular season hits, then circle your calendars for September 11 when the Saints host the Oakland Raiders in Week 1.

Next: Not ideal, but acceptable

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