It’s simple. The best organizations keep their best employees happy. Discontent breeds distractions and in the worst case scenario – a messy exit. Hey random CEO reading this blog, want to destroy your company? Antagonize your best and brightest.
The New Orleans Saints have had an atrocious spring. Forgive me for the hyperbole, but this is post Hurricane Katrina level bad. In the aftermath of the storm – which included ‘home’ games in San Antonio - the Saints gave us one of those Hollywood-feel good moments sport provides every now and then. In 2010 – led by Quarterback Drew Brees - New Orleans won Super Bowl XLIV and beat Peyton Manning and the favored Colts in the process.
Since then Brees has continued to amass prolific numbers while leading one of the best offensive attacks in recent memory. The signal caller is without a long term deal and was franchise tagged by the Saints this off-season. The two sides have until July 16th to hammer out a contract extension. For me it’s simple – give the man what he wants. The Saints are a bottom feeder without Drew Brees and that’s not a controversial statement.
According to Brees’ himself, the contract talks are not going well:
“It’s been extremely frustrating for me,” Brees said. “I don’t think the negotiations should have been this difficult.” “What’s been a little frustrating on my end, or disappointing, is the lack of communication,” the reigning AP Offensive Player of the Year said. “We’ve reached out on quite a few occasions and at times I know I’ve been frustrated with the lack of response.”
I know Tom Benson and Mickey Loomis have several things to worry about, but this is asinine. You return phone calls when it’s your franchise Quarterback calling. You maintain a dialogue when it’s your franchise Quarterback on the other end of the line.
Brees raised the possibility of his absence from Saints OTA’s, minicamp and even training camp if a deal isn’t worked out:
“I knew exactly what I was signing up for and over the last few years I have not said a peep about wanting a new contract or not being happy with my current contract. … Certainly, I took on a lot of risk last year by playing the last year of my contract without anything guaranteed for the future.”
Forget bounty-gate. The Saints will officially torpedo their 2012 season if they don’t resolve this situation.
And now you want to know the rest of the story…
- Cowboys first round pick Morris Claiborne had pins removed from his wrist last week and he remains in a soft cast. He hopes to be ready for the Cowboys first mandatory minicamp which begins on June 12. [ESPN Dallas]
- The Bills have signed Stephon Gilmore, their first round pick in the 2012 draft. Gilmore will earn $12 million dollars over four years. [ESPN]
- Justin Tuck wants the Giants to embark on a run of dynastic proportions. What a great sentence. [Star-ledger]
- Giants kicker Matt Bahr remembers how team doctors used to ‘laugh off’ concussions. Yea, that’s terrible. The whole article is an excellent read. [New York Times]
- Brandon Marshall believes Jay Cutler is a great leader. We’ll reassess this relationship in October. [PFT]
- 49ers owner Jed York isn’t interested in having his team appear on this season’s installment of Hard Knocks. This is bad news, there isn’t enough Randy Moss in my life these days. [CSN Bay Area]
- Osi Umenyiora apologized to LeSean McCoy for referring to him as a women. Good for him. [NFL.com]
- The Decatur Daily has obtained video of the incident that led to Rolando McClain’s arrest last year. It’s pretty damn sketchy. Take a look for yourself. [WAAYTV]