In the NFL, very few players have any leverage when it comes to contract negotiations, and those that do rarely use it. A small group of franchise quarterbacks do have the ability to swing the leverage hammer, and Colin can’t understand why they always rush to re-sign with their teams without even exploring other options.
Drew Brees is due for a new contract and finds himself in the leverage position with the Saints. He can’t be franchised, is free to sign anywhere, and Colin thinks he should at least test the free agency market.
Sure, the Saints were one of the best turnaround stories in the NFL, but there’s no guarantee – given their track record over the last several years – that the turnaround will stick. If Brees signed with the Vikings, for example, they would likely be the odds on Super Bowl favorite. Denver and Jacksonville would be scary with Brees, too.
NFL careers end quickly, and Brees should take advantage of the best chance to win a legacy-changing second title, even if it means leaving New Orleans to do it.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 17, 2018