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Life’s Pretty Damn Good If Your Name is Drew Brees Right Now

Just imagine what it would be like one day if suddenly you woke up and EVERY BODY that you knew, treated you like a king. And on top of that, the people living in the town where you were practically worshipped the ground that you walked on; and they were ready and perfectly willing to give you ANYTHING that you or your family wanted, with no questions asked. If your name is Drew Brees, NFL quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, then your life is pretty damn good now — and it's about to get even better than it was before.

Brees, who just turned age 39, is due to be an unrestricted free agent when his contract officially expires in March; but he and the Saints in the next few weeks ahead are expected to reach an agreement on a new one-or two-year contract, that will keep him in a Saints uniform until his expected retirement in a few more seasons from now (although no one yet including Brees himself, knows exactly when that will actually happen).

As of right now, the Saints and Brees both seemingly are content to negotiate on a season-by-season basis, with this next (and possibly last) contract for New Orleans potentially paying him as much as $25 million (and maybe more) for the upcoming 2018 season — a 2018 NFL season later on this year that will be Brees' 18th NFL season and will bring Super Bowl expectations (Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta on February 3rd, 2019) along with it.

That'll be another guaranteed $25 million to go along with a gorgeous and devoted wife, 4 of the cutest children that the world has ever seen, partnerships in the Walk-On'sJimmy John's, and Dunkin Donuts food / restaurant chains, ownership of his own sports apparel company (Lifestyle Apparel Company), and even more money coming in for a wide variety of endorsements for several name-brand products (NyQuil and Wrangler Jeans, to name just a few).

Photo courtesy of The New Orleans Times-Picayune

Brees and wife Brittany have become extremely active as business investors in the past decade, and are aggressively working to take any potential opportunities to the next level. Brees has used the same passion for his NFL playing career to become a huge entrepreneur, and his partnership with already stable and well-managed enterprises have made him financially wealthier than most other men in his age bracket.

Drew Brees and his family are already "set for life" — so playing the sport of Pro Football still at his age for the sake of getting paid big bucks, isn't a part of his agenda.

But what is a source of motivation for Brees is the opportunity to win another Super Bowl before he decides to end his brilliant and illustrious career, an opportunity that he just missed by 10 seconds a few weeks ago in the Saints' still-painful heart-breaking NFC Divisional Playoff loss to the Vikings in Minneapolis.

Photo courtesy of Michael DeMocker, The New Orleans Times-Picayune

So what exactly is the point to be made then about Brees and all of the money that he has, you ask?

There is no point really, other than to say that if you're one of any number of Saints fans who seemingly are very unhappy about the team having to "pony up" that exorbitant amount of money by most standards; then you probably also need to realize that $25 million (in this current day and age) is essentially a small price to pay for another great season just like the one that the Saints and Brees had in 2017 — and hopefully another magical one or two more seasons that are still yet to come behind it.

Does Brees REALLY NEED another $25 million?

Probably not, especially when you already have everything in life that you'll ever need or want. But nevertheless, Brees has certainly earned it and he deserves it.

Every single penny's worth.

As a somewhat famous man once said: "Don't hate the player, hate the game".

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Not many players in the sport's entire history have played the QB position as well as Brees has, or perhaps ever will. And if you're reading this article as a fan of the Saints, then you should actually be relishing all of this talk about giving Brees additional money at the moment; since it's likely going to be remembered many, many years from now as the eventual beginning of the end to 'The Drew Brees Era' in New Orleans.

But it won't be the end of Drew Brees's legacy.

This Wednesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Brees told the popular talk show host that he will be a "Saint for life" when she asked him about his contract status for 2018 and beyond.

When asked if he would be back for the 2018 season, Brees told DeGeneres: "Of course I'm coming back". But Brees will not only be coming back to play the sport of Pro Football in 2018, but he'll be coming back to the NOLA community that has lovingly embraced Brees and his young family with open arms for the past decade.

For all of the money that Brees has made in his 12 years in New Orleans, what he has given back in return to the city and its people are absolutely immeasurable.

Photo courtesy of The Associated Press

Remember that this city and the surrounding region were LEFT FOR DEAD in September of 2005 following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina; and Brees single-handedly is as much responsible for the NOLA community's eventual rebirth and recovery, as anyone.

Brees very easily could have chosen instead to play football in the friendly and inviting tropical climate of South Florida (Miami) for the Dolphins, instead of coming to a team that had only won 3 games the year before (the Saints were 3-13 in the 2005 season) and was going to play its games in a city that had virtually been destroyed by one of the greatest natural disasters in U.S. history.

But he chose not to, and ultimately the past 12 years have been a tremendous blessing for both Drew Brees and his young family; and for the Saints franchise and its passionately-devoted fan-base as well.

With Brees under center, the Saints have delivered one World Championship to the city (2009) and have had 2 more "near misses" in 2011 and 2017. Surely if you're a Saints fan over the age of 40, then there's no price that you can put on having your favorite team be a serious threat to win the Super Bowl every year.

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So if you're one of those Saints fans that's angry or upset about the team likely paying a soon-to-be 40 year old man over $25 million to play a single season of NFL football, then get over it.

The Saints have always known that this sort of scenario (Brees continuing to play at a high level into his early 40's) could potentially play itself out, and that it might not come cheap. So don't feel sorry for the Saints.

If anything, you should be mad that the Saints STILL haven't found Brees' eventual "replacement" — although there's always a chance that they could find that QB and take him (by trading up?) in the upcoming 2018 Draft. (And for those of you Saints fans who still believe 3rd string QB Taysom Hill is going to be that guy, you'll just have to find out the hard way why he won't be).

The Saints — for the forseeable future — are going to "ride or die" with Drew Brees at QB. But as long as Brees continues to play at the level that he has been able to play at since he first arrived in NOLA, it's not an issue.

Not until it finally does become an issue, anyway.

And as of this very moment, it still isn't.

What is an issue however, is that the Saints suddenly now have a team that's capable of winning another Super Bowl once again, with Brees still under center for at least 1, maybe 2 , and possibly even 3 more seasons.

And he'll be paid quite well for any and all of them, along the way.

Yep, life's pretty damn good if your name is Drew Brees, right now.

And it's about to get even better.....


Saints News Network Editor / Featured Columnist and Lead Analyst Barry Hirstius is a 50-year old semi-retired journalist and former New Orleans area sports editor and columnist previously with several sites that exclusively cover the New Orleans Saints NFL football team. Additionally, he is a frequent guest on a variety of Sports Talk Radio programs that cover the Saints. Barry is also a New Orleans native that dating all the way back to his childhood in the early 1970's, attended games at the old Tulane Stadium and grew up as a long-time Saints fan; following and now covering the team for a span of over 40 plus years. And perhaps most importantly of all: he is the Grandfather of two beautiful young girls, Jasmine and Serenity.......

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