However, Brees wants to stay in New Orleans. And that would ultimately win out.
“Ia��d be lying if I said it [wasna��t hard to weigh maximizing his value and raising the bar for other players versus helping the team]. Because I know that when any player does their deal, they typically look at the comps and base their deal on those — and what is ‘market value.’ … Ia��m sure that one of these quarterbacks coming up –A�Aaron Rodgers,A�Matt Ryan, Kirk Cousins — is going to set a new mark.”
But that’s not what Brees wants at this point in his career. He loves New Orleans, and he wants to stay.
“But for me, this was about putting our team in the best position to go win a championship in the next few years. … Ia��ve made it very clear from day one that I was always gonna be a New Orleans Saint as long as they would have me.”
And while he understands deals like this could reflect poorly on his agent, Brees wants to assure everyone this isn’t the case. He loves his agent. It’s just that the heart wants what the heart wants.
However, Brees did experience something new this offseason: hearing what other teams were offering.
“I’ve never had a chance to hear that, except for when I was hurt back in 2006. But in most cases when my agent would begin to open his mouth about another team, I would not even let him finish the sentence.”
The Saints are coming off a wildly successful season (11-5). And there’s no reason they can’t recapture that same magic in 2018. All they need to do this time is defend on the final play of the game.
As for Brees, who do you think was the mystery team?