With all of the turmoil surrounding the New Orleans Saints, you would have thought the Drew Brees contact situation would be dealt with swiftly. Unfortunately for Saints fans and keeper league owners of Brees, that hasn’t been the case.
Brees is now missing mandatory minicamp. While it isn’t a big deal for a player of his stature, it would be nice for a team that is making adjustments due to their Bountygate suspensions.
Brees means as much to the Big Easy as probably any other player to their team in the league, so you shouldn’t be losing sleep, missing work and skipping meals over concern of a deal getting done.
Besides, the two sides have more than a month to get something hammered out. If we get into July and they are still at a stalemate, then it may be time to kick into hyperventilation mode, but until then, I’ll keep him locked in at No. 2 in my early fantasy quarterback rankings.
That said, if somebody took Tom Brady over Brees I wouldn’t argue the move. Cam Newton and Matthew Stafford provide a little more risk because they don’t have Brees’ track record, but that’s a calculated risk. Brees is 33 and coming off one of the finest seasons ever, shattering Dan Marino’s record with 5,476 yards and approaching Brady’s record of 46 touchdown passes.
He has thrown for at least 4,388 yards in six seasons (including two 5,000-plus yard seasons) with the Saints and tossed at least 33 TDs over the past four years.
It’s too early to panic on Brees. I would try to use the contract stall as a way to sneak Brees away from his fantasy keeper, but take into account that could be a tall order.