Forget the copious amounts of rain that have infiltrated the New Orleans area this week.
Forget the unbearable heat has overtaken the region for much of this summer.
There’s only one thing people are talking about, are caring about, are worrying about right now – Drew Brees and the multi-million dollar contract that he’s negotiating with the New Orleans Saints.
No one actually knows when it will get done or how it will get done.
But there’s a reason, or reasons, why it has taken this long to be completed.
It’s about money, obviously, but it’s also about faith.
Various reports have the sides $1.25 million apart on average annual pay, the Saints offering $19.25 million with Brees’ agent Tom Condon asking for $20.5 million.
An Associated Press report has the sides $10 million apart on guaranteed money.
Neither amount is insurmountable, and, quite frankly, will be easy to overcome when the two sides decide to sit down and talk.
The money, to me, isn’t actually the biggest issue.
To me it comes down to faith – Brees showed it in the Saints in 2011 and expects the same in return now.
He played out a contract that, by January, he had outplayed.
He spent the final year of that contract without any guarantees, a season in which he could have suffered a career-ending injury without any money for the future.
Now he wants the Saints to show that they believe he’ll healthily to play all five years of this contract, that he’ll live up to the expectations.
Brees would like the Saints to show the same sort of faith in him that he showed in them in the form of guaranteed money that they can’t take away.
There are two sides in negotiations, however, and the Saints have to look at the whole, not the parts.
In theory, Brees’ contact could hamstring the team in the future. General manager Mickey Loomis has a set of personal principles that guide him and, to date, haven’t failed him.
Loomis has to look at the fact that next year, he’ll likely be negotiating contracts with Jimmy Graham, Sedrick Ellis, Jermon Bushrod and Devery Henderson.
Ultimately, Loomis appears to be negotiating on statistics and future economic possibilities, taking emotion out of the process.
Brees can’t do that and shouldn’t. He’s emotionally invested in the team and showed his belief in the franchise.
Now he wants the franchise to do the same in him.