Rarely does a player personify his team’s city so completely as Drew Brees does. He’s intertwined with New Orleans till he retires. Ironic for a guy who played a lot of his career in San Diego, but maybe that’s what makes him so definably New Orleans.
Drew Brees is resilient, talented and unafraid to say how he feels. Even if he frustrates you at times, he’s so damn affable that it’s hard to stay angry with him. Behind closed doors, he helps those in need, so the news that Drew Brees signed a 5-year, $100 million deal with Saints should come as no surprise.
Even with Brees claiming he’d skip training camp if he didn’t get his contract, you knew he’d be back. For the city that’s been through so many ups and downs, he’s a comforting consistent, and consistent is what the Saints need right now. After the bounty scandal, theiir one time sympathetic image is wiped clean. Now, it’s all about what they’ve done recently. Without Sean Payton as their coach this season, Brees is the true leader. He always had that coach vibe to him that some quarterbacks just attain. So even though saying $100 million out loud seems outrageous, he deserves every penny. He truly is the only chance the Saints have at repairing their image, and for New Orleans, Brees is the perfect guy to do it. He didn’t roll over and tediously apologize for bounty gate, instead he defended his teammates and coach. Even though there isn’t much to defend, Brees established that he wasn’t just the nice guy, he had an edge New Orleans prides itself on. So congratulations to Drew Brees, the good guys won this one.