Dec 6, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) looks on from the field prior to the game against the Carolina Panthers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
#5. It’s A Distraction
A few days ago, Micky Loomis went on the record saying the Drew Brees contract negotiations, “won’t be a distraction.”
This was incredibly ironic, seeing as the quote made national news, and reporters have been bombarding Drew Brees, Sean Payton, and the rest of the team with questions about it incessantly. When the only story from your training camp to make national news is this one, you have a distraction.
Here’s the thing, it might not be an on-the-field, every waking moment distraction, but the tension is there. One doesn’t have to look hard to find it.
Zach Strief was recently quoted as calling Drew Brees ” a weirdo” for his ability to focus solely on football and not worry about the contract situation.
Drew Brees was quoted as saying contract talks are, “last thing” on his mind. It’s actually impressive how good the entire organization has become at talking about how they aren’t going to talk about it.
Jan 6, 2016; Metairie, LA, USA; Sean Payton talks to the media after announcing he will remain as the head coach for the New Orleans Saints during a press conference at the New Orleans Saints Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Drew Brees is the consummate professional, his work-ethic is second to none, and I have no doubt that he be completely prepared for the start of the season.
However, as long as the conversation persists, seeds of doubt will linger.
Are the Saints ready to move on? Is Drew Brees nearing the end? The thing about seeds is that they are insidious.
You forget about them, but they have the capacity to grow into something monstrous. An extension would put all of this to bed, reaffirm a commitment to Drew Brees, and the Saints current direction.
There are also practical reasons for extending his contract…
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