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Hayabusa
03-15-2006, 10:37 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- All the concerns about whether hurricane damage would deter free agents from coming to New Orleans didn't stop Drew Brees. Brees, who won 20 games in the past two seasons with the San Diego Chargers, agreed Tuesday to a six-year contract with the Saints -- a team that, like its home city, is rebuilding. The Miami Dolphins also had seriously pursued Brees, but ultimately traded for Minnesota quarterback Daunte Culpepper instead. Barring unforeseen complications with Brees' rehabilitation of his throwing shoulder, which he injured in the last game of the 2005 season, the Saints now have a proven replacement at quarterback for Aaron Brooks. "Drew was sufficiently impressed with the organization and the head coach in New Orleans," said Brees' agent, Tom Condon, referring to new Saints coach Sean Payton. "New Orleans was also very comfortable with the risk-reward, based on his rehabilitation from the injury, and Miami didn't have that same level of comfort, so New Orleans made a lot of sense for us." The move means New Orleans likely will forgo using its No. 2 overall draft pick on Matt Leinart, the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner. The Texans are expected to take Leinart's USC teammate, running back Reggie Bush, No. 1. The Saints can dangle that draft choice in front of teams longing for a chance to draft Leinart, or maybe Texas quarterback Vince Young, who rallied the Longhorns to a Rose Bowl victory over Leinart's USC Trojans for the national championship. Brees, who turned 27 in January and has played his entire five-year career for San Diego, underwent surgery and said last weekend he will need four or five months to be ready. That could account for the terms of the contract, which guarantees money only in the first year. The deal calls for the Saints to pay Brees about $60 million over the life of the contract, including a $10 million bonus up front and a $12 million option in the second year. "Obviously there are great coaches on both teams, but I just felt that energy in New Orleans," Brees said Tuesday night. "From the very beginning, there was a genuine feeling that they wanted me there. They believe I can come back from this shoulder injury and lead them to a championship. They were as confident as I am, and that meant a lot." Saints general manager Mickey Loomis met briefly with reporters at the Saints' suburban training facility Tuesday night, but declined to take questions, saying he preferred to wait until a news conference scheduled Wednesday afternoon with Brees and Payton. "I'm just here to confirm we have an agreement in principle with Drew to become a New Orleans Saint," Loomis said. "We're real excited about that." Brooks is expected to be released by New Orleans after his worst season since taking over as the Saints starter after Jeff Blake's injury during the 2000 season. Loomis said last week that the Saints were ready to "move on" at quarterback and that Brooks would likely be playing elsewhere next season. Loomis declined to discuss the rationale behind the structure of Brees' new contract or how it may affect the Saints' draft plans. New Orleans has lost top center LeCharles Bentley, defensive end Darren Howard, linebacker Sedrick Hodge and cornerback Fakhir Brown to free agency. Brees has thrown for more than 3,000 yards in three of the past four seasons. He led the Chargers to a playoff appearance in 2004. The 32nd overall pick in the 2001 draft, Brees struggled in his first few seasons, leading the Chargers to trade Eli Manning to the New York Giants for quarterback Philip Rivers on the day of the 2004 draft. But Rivers spent the past two seasons on the bench as Brees flourished. Good deal for the Saints now they can spend that draft pick on a franchise OT like D'Brickashaw Furgerson or AJ Hawk...

whitey
03-15-2006, 11:36 AM
saints can suck a dick up till they hick up. dolphins got that shit right there. cullpepper for a 2nd rounder? shit is a steal to me. all day dante to chambers and randy. got ronnie and ricky gettin into the sticky ahhhhhhh shit. loookouuuuuuuuutttttttt.

Hayabusa
03-15-2006, 02:45 PM
It isn't a steal until culpepper produces to atleast near to what he did 2 years ago instead of like he played last year with like 20 INTs and 7 games...

whitey
03-15-2006, 08:03 PM
true true. i gotta conciede that, but theres no way the dude just falls the fuck off like that. clearly randy leaving and the rest of his team sucking contributed.

hes got a nice bunch around him in miami plus the offense is the same as the vikings so he wont have to learn any new shit.

fucking a they won 9 games with gus ferrot theres no way dante is in any way shape or form gonna bring less than gus to the table.