The New Orleans Saints finally came to their senses and agreed to contract terms with quarterback Drew Brees on Friday. The contract is reportedly worth $100 million, with $60 million guaranteed. The question I have to ask is:
What took so freaking long?
I would think that the Saints front office would want just one piece of good news this off-season following BountyGate, and Brees would make one hell of a messenger. The Saints have something that almost every other team in the NFL is looking for: a franchise quarterback capable of adding a Lombardi Trophy to the case.
Why would they want to screw that up over dollars and cents? If there was one player that was a safe bet to give a huge contract to, it would be Brees. He’s an excellent player, the team’s leader, and he has zero off the field issues. I don’t understand why they wouldn’t want to get the deal done as quickly as possible just to get it off the table and build up some goodwill.
If the Saints are going to go anywhere this year, it is going to be because of the play and leadership capabilities of Drew Brees. They lost their Head Coach, Interim Head Coach, and Defensive Captain; they need their quarterback. Even if the Saints are the fire hydrant as opposed to the dog this year, what would they do in the long-term without Brees?
It doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to figure out that you need an excellent quarterback to win a Super Bowl in today’s NFL. Out of the last twenty Super Bowl Champions, only two had anything less than a great quarterback (2000 Baltimore and 2002 Tampa Bay), and trust me they are the exception, not the rule. The chances of getting to and winning a Super Bowl with someone like Drew Brees, Aaron Rogers, or Ben Roethlisberger are a hell of a lot better than with Brad Johnson or Trent Dilfer. Tampa Bay and Baltimore won their Super Bowls because their defenses had the ability to outscore their opponents more so than their offenses. The last time I checked, the Saints don’t have a defense capable of winning many games by themselves, so they needed to re-sign Brees.