Drew Brees is scheduled to become a free agent in the 2017 offseason, but not before he counts $30 million against the New Orleans Saints salary cap in 2016. His huge contract has become a burden for the talent-deficient Saints and the team is frustrated internally about the fact that the quarterback maximized his contract, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
The five-year, $100 million contract signed by Brees in 2012 has a base salary that has increased in each year, beginning with $3 million in the first season and climbing all the way to $13.55 million this season and $19.75 million in 2016. If Brees isn’t willing to take a hometown discount to lower his tremendous cap hit next season, his time with the Saints could be through.
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Elite Mens Marco Belinelli Jersey Brees is expected to start against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 16, despite suffering a torn plantar fascia in Week 15. He is No. 4 in NFL history in passing yards with 60,168 and needs just 1,194 more yards to pass Dan Marino for third all-time.
The Panthers lead the league in takeaways, with 22 interceptions and 21 forced fumbles, and that’s an area in which the Falcons have struggled this season. Atlanta has fumbled the ball 11 times this season, and Matt Ryan and backup quarterback Sean Renfree have thrown 16 interceptions. The Panthers took advantage of this in Week 14. Ryan and Renfree each threw one interception and the Falcons lost two fumbles.
This time around, the Falcons will look to clean up their mistakes in front of a friendly home crowd. If they can’t, the Panthers will be the third team in NFL history to get to 15-0.