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Making the case against Drew Brees to the Jets via free agency

By Luis Tirado Jr.
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 07: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints looks to throw a pass against the Carolina Panthers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 7, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 07: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints looks to throw a pass against the Carolina Panthers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 7, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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If by some small miracle Drew Brees hits the free agency market, the New York Jets would be wise to stay away.

It’s a longshot but believe it or not, there is a small chance that quarterback Drew Brees could find himself being an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Make no mistake about it, he absolutely loves playing for the New Orleans Saints and ideally, would want to retire with the team that he won a Super Bowl championship with.

The only problem is how it will all unfold over the next few months during the offseason. It all comes down to his contract and the money he could earn while also hitting the salary cap of the Saints hard if a decision isn’t made by March 14. If he’s on the roster after that date, he’ll earn $18 million in addition to whatever he’ll be set to earn next season if a new contract is agreed upon. It would seriously limit their abilities to grow over the next few years so it makes sense for them to come to terms on a salary-cap friendly deal to keep Brees until he retires.

Crazy things tend to happen during the offseason and for all we know, anything and everything will transpire. Could contract talks fall through and Brees decides to see what his worth could be in the free agent market? It’s doubtful but again, anything can happen, especially since at this point in time, no contract talks have begun at all between both sides.

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If something happens, the New York Jets would be wise to not entertain any thoughts of bringing Brees to the mix. Now, don’t get me wrong here, Brees is without question a future Pro Football Hall of Famer and an elite quarterback. The problem here is his age at 39-years-old and the fact that realistically, he probably has another year or two left before he eventually retires.

Haven’t the Jets been down this road time and time again to lackluster results? It wasn’t long ago that the football world was shocked when Brett Favre landed with the Jets and that season, they didn’t even make the NFL Playoffs. Everyone couldn’t believe it when it was announced that Tim Tebow would be signed by the Jets. Not only was it a horrible experiment but it was more of a publicity stunt than letting him actually play quarterback as it was an overall disaster of a situation.

It’s best the Jets stop signing aging veteran quarterbacks because their success elsewhere doesn’t always guarantee results when playing in the city that never sleeps. If the Jets landed Kirk Cousins, Case Keenum, or even Tyrod Taylor via free agency, that would work.

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Heck, if they don’t land a top free agent quarterback, the Jets would be better off using their No. 6 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft on the best available quarterback. They should break the norm and start a rookie next season and see where all the chips fall if that’s the case. The Jets should avoid overpaying for an aging quarterback like Brees that only has a few years left of playing when they need to go with someone younger that can have a franchise built around of for many years to come.

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