GLENDALE AZ - OCTOBER 10: Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints prepares to snap the ball during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 10 2010 in Glendale Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Saints 30-20. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Drew Brees
Maybe not on the field, but by contract standards they were very similar. Back in 2006, Brees signed a six-year, $60 million deal. Three years later, Cassel signed a six-year, $63 million deal with the Chiefs.
I have a feeling Cassel's next contract won't be that close to Brees'. The Saints finally locked Brees up today with what's been reported as a five-year, $100 million deal. The guarantees are crazy -- $40 million in true guarantees year one and $55 million if he's on the roster in 2013 (which he will be).
Brees' deal gives me a little hope for Dwayne Bowe and the Chiefs. Earlier this week, it didn't seem like Brees and the Saints would get a deal done with the two sides reportedly as much as $10 million apart in guaranteed money. But, despite all that, they got the deal done.
Bowe's in a similar situation in that, right now, we don't think a longterm deal is gonna happen.
But I'd love to be surprised.