It makes financial sense to just pay Brees his $14M this year. It actually makes sense to pay him the $17M+ franchise tag next year as well as opposed to handing over $60M guaranteed. It would probably be a PR nightmare, but I can't really fault the Saints for dragging their feet.Oh absolutely, they can pay him the raises for the next 5 years and still come out ahead.
The new CBA re-did the calculations. It used to be the Top 5 average, but not not so much. It's arbitrary.
$14 million has Eli Manning and Peyton Manning making more than Brees.
Heck even Michael Vick and Sam Bradford would be making just more than $14 mil when you factor in their signing bonus amortized.
The first 2 years yes, but if they franchise him a 3rd year its 144% more than the previous year or 122% of the top 5 players in his position.
1st year 14 million 33 age 22 demands mill savings 8 mill
2nd year 17 million 34 age 22 demands savings 5 mill
3rd year 24.5 million 35 age 22 demands loss 2.5 mill
4th year 35.5 million 36 age 22 demands loss 14 mill
5th year 51 million 37 age 22 demands loss 29 mill.
he would be 37 in the 5th year, the saints should just give him the contract they know they have to give him.
By age 35 his interest should be declining. Thats when you sign him if his demands don't come down. However they will sign him this year. It will be a while till they work out concessions.