MDH, on 06 October 2012 - 08:58 AM, said:
Blame the Saints, not Brees. Teams have to have a value they place on players - is he or isn't he worth it. If Brees' demands were above their means then they should have let him go and used that cash on other players. This is the way the market works. To blame a guy who wants to get paid his market value is ridiculous. Do you purposely short yourself 30% of your pay to help your company out? I seriously doubt it.
first_and_ten, on 06 October 2012 - 09:15 AM, said:
I get your point, but football is a team sport. He has every right to get as much as he can but he has to realise at the same time, there is a salary cap and his salary would have an effect on the quality of the team. He chose to hold out for more money, knowing it would mean less talent around him. I'm not sure Tom Brady makes the same choice. Was it selfish? Probably , but many of us would do the same in his position.
These are both valid points and this is a good topic.
I would say about Brees and his compensation that there's certainly a grey area as to what is fair compensation for him. Certainly Brady was known to take a "below market" deal two contracts ago so as not to handcuff the Cheatriots*** from the salary cap/team building standpoint.
In Brees' mind maybe he did the right thing because the ultimate justification for many people is simple: get the most that you can possibly get. In our country, this is pretty accepted and permissible behavior. We're a capitalistic system.
I think the criticisms of Brees come from when you view his actions from something less than pure capitalism. It's kind of like saying "just because something is legal doesn't make it right" except in this case, it becomes "just because he got this deal for himself doesn't make it a good deal for the team."
QBs are very important as we all know and I don't think this issue is clear cut but it is very interesting. Like the replacement officials issue, I think a lot of opinions are based partly on our socioeconomic perspectives.
Also I don't want to pile on Brees but there are some features to his personal life that have always bothered me. Brees has written an inspirational/self-help book and speaks publicly. He is known for his charitable work and his civic-mindedness. I believe NoSaint, who is closer to the Saints than most anyone here vouches for his character.
So it's very odd to me that he and his Mom had a falling out after he refused to hire her as his agent and that later on, he had to sue her to stop her from using his likeness in her law firm advertisements. Later on she committed suicide. This is not to blame Brees for these things
but it is incongruent to me that a person who is so charitable and has so many vouchers for his character could have such an unfortunate relationship with his Mom.
Anyways for the record, like Joe, I was not a fan of how Brees conducted himself through his contract impasse.