By Josh Kramer
For the first time in a long time, there is some good news for Saints’ fans. After what has been the most tumultuous off-season in franchise history, a deal has been made. The franchise player has been signed, sealed, and delivered. Now there is assurance that there will be a “Cool Brees” in New Orleans for at least another five years. Any NFL team feeling sorry for themselves this off-season should be thankful that they are not the Saints. Things have been that bad. Until yesterday of course.
The general manager (Mickey Loomis) is out for half of the season. The head coach (Sean Payton is done for the year. The interim head coach (and assistant head coach) (Joe Vitt) is out six games.. The former defensive-coordinator (Gregg Williams) is out of football. Key players (Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith) are suspended. Draft picks have been lost. Fines have been issued. But at least now, the most important part of the franchise is ready to go to work. Drew Brees is not only one of the elite players on-the-field, he is also one of the best players off-the-field. I cannot think of someone more deserving of the largest guaranteed contract in NFL history.
A record-breaking deal for a record-breaking player. Do the math. Continue reading