NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Drew Brees is not getting traded.
I repeat, Drew Brees is not getting traded.
I'm not sure what's worse - how much the national mainstream media has run with this rumor, or the alarmingly high amount of Saints fans that actually think it's a good idea. I'm truly dumbfounded by how easy many in the Who Dat nation think replacing Brees will be.
Nonetheless, it's not happening, and it really doesn't do anyone any good to talk about it.
But another offseason decision about Brees and his contract speaks volumes about where the organization feels #9 is in his career. Coming into this offseason with their salary cap issues, the Saints could've addressed Brees' massive cap hit in two ways: Pay cut or extension. Neither happened.
A pay cut was up to Brees - he had to agree to make less money. We can debate if he should have all offseason ( he shouldn't), but the bottom line is that was never going to happen. Which left the Saints with the option of an extension. The team could've gotten more present cap relief by adding more years to Brees' deal. Brees undoubtedly would've been on board with that. The only problem is the Saints were not. Yet.
The team basically felt it was better to find cap space elsewhere than extend a quarterback past his 37th birthday.
This is the biggest indicator of where the organization feels Brees is at this stage of his career - not some silly trade rumor.
By not extending Brees, the Saints essentially declared they are in "wait and see" mode on him and his skills. They are not convinced that it's worth adding another year to a 36-year-old quarterback despite his remarkable consistency and availability.
It all adds up to a "prove it" year for Brees in 2015. Another playoff run with 5,000 yards passing (another thing fans think is a ho-hum accomplishment) likely means Brees is in line for that extension next offseason.
But another year of watching the postseason from home, despite gaudy numbers, and the organization will likely come to the realization that the most successful run in team history - with Brees at the helm - is over.