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|Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he’s keeping long-term career goals to himself after signing a new two-year contract extension. ”Just take it one year at a time Nick Martin Jersey , but I do have a goal, I do have a vision,” Brees said on a conference call a day after agreeing to his new contract. ”I’m not going to share it with you guys, sorry.
”I do have a goal and a vision for where my career’s going to go and how long it’s going to last, but I’m very, very focused on each year, one at a time.”
Brees turned 39 last Jan. 15 and is entering his 18th NFL season – one that holds promise for a rejuvenated franchise that returned to the playoffs from the first time in four seasons in 2017.
From the moment last season ended, Brees openly stated that he didn’t want to play anywhere other than New Orleans, but said his latest contract negotiation wasn’t entirely devoid of stress as negotiations lingered until the day before he was due to become a free agent.
”Maybe just a little bit from the standpoint that you’re trying to do something that’s very fair for both sides,” said Brees, whose contract is worth up to $50 million, with $27 million guaranteed in the first year. ”I’ve always tried to take a logical and reasonable approach to every contract, but I think especially now, you want to be able to look at the big picture and see how it affects the rest of the team and how you continue to build the team so that you can make a run at the ultimate goal.”
Brees said other NFL teams did reach out to him during a very brief period when teams were permitted to begin contacting players with expiring contracts before free agency officially began on Wednesday afternoon.
It was the first time he and his agent Pat O'Donnell Jersey , Tom Condon, have been in position to field offers from other teams since Brees signed his first contract with the Saints – a six-year, $60 million deal in 2006.
”It felt a little weird and again my mindset has always been that I will be playing for the Saints and I’m going to retire a Saint,” Brees said. ”It’s not like I was really taking any of them seriously, but just to hear the offers (from other teams) and feel the attention that was interesting.”
The Saints narrowly missed advancing to the NFC title game this past season when they fell at Minnesota on a 61-yard Vikings touchdown as time expired.
After three consecutive 7-9 seasons from 204-2016, the Saints’ returned to contention in large part because of considerable contributions from first- and second-year players such as cornerback Marshon Lattimore, The Associated Press defensive rookie of the year, and Alvin Kamara, the offensive rookie of the year.
”Certainly, you look at the potential that we have in our young players and you should feel excited if they continue to progress,” Brees said.
His contract done, Brees can now go back to his typical offseason family life in southern California, where he keeps an offseason home, and his offseason training routine until the resumption of voluntary offseason workouts in New Orleans this spring.
The same day Brees agreed to his new contract Jalen Reeves-Maybin Jersey , the father of four was overseeing a practice as coach of a first-grade flag football team.
”Put in a little bit of no-huddle, a little bit of hurry-up offense,” Brees said. ”We have a package called Wildcat and a package called Volunteer and then a package called Quad. I’m feeling pretty good about those no-huddle packages. … That was kind of the highlight of my day yesterday – after signing the contract.”
Notes: Brees commented on the potential he sees in reserve quarterback Taysom Hill, currently the only other quarterback on the roster. ”If you take his measurables and his intangibles, I think he does have everything it takes to be a great player,” Brees said of Hill, who is entering his second NFL season out of BYU. ”This offseason he’ll get a chance to really dive into our system.”
Anthony Davis wasn’t willing to call the New Orleans Pelicans‘ season a success.
Not that Davis dismissed the determination, grit and growing chemistry the Pelicans showed in the way they adjusted to a season-ending injury to fellow All-Star DeMarcus Cousins.
New Orleans exceeded expectations by getting to the postseason and sweeping third-seeded Portland . Then came a second-round matchup with defending champion Golden State, and the Pelicans were reminded why bringing back a player of Cousins’ caliber could be crucial to going farther next season. The Warriors needed only five games to end New Orleans’ season.
”Any time you don’t win a championship, I don’t see how it could be successful,” Davis said. ”We can take a lot of positive things from the season. Of course, one of our main guys went out and everybody doubted us. Everybody counted us out and we were able to keep fighting, keep pushing as a unit and able to come this far.”
This offseason could go a long way in determining if they go any farther.
Not only is Cousins a free agent, but so is assists maestro Rajon Rondo . Further complicating matters is that Cousins’ injury – a torn Achilles – has been a historically difficult one from which to come back. So the Pelicans’ faith could be tested if Cousins declines to take less than the maximum he can get under the NBA’s current collective bargaining agreement.
Also Reggie Wayne Jersey , Rondo and Cousins are friends. Bringing back one could raise the prospects of keeping the other.
Rondo, who averaged 10.3 points, 12.2 assists and 7.6 rebounds in the postseason, asserted that bringing back Cousin will be ”very important.”
Cousins averaged 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds in 48 games, during which New Orleans went 27-21. But the Pelicans assert that when Cousins went down, they only beginning to figure out the most effective way to play with him and Davis in the lineup together. As evidence, they pointed to the fact that they won seven of the last eight games Cousins played, including a victory at Boston and a home triumph over Houston.
”We felt like, you know, we were able to play against the elite teams in the league,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. ”We felt great about it, and then he got hurt and we struggled for four or five games.”
Once the Pelicans adjusted to life without Cousins, they shot up from sixth in the NBA in pace of play to first, with Rondo pushing the ball up the court and using his precision passing to put Davis Taron Johnson Jersey , Jrue Holiday and mid-season trade acquisition Nikola Mirotic in prime positions.
The Pelicans won their final five regular season games to finish as the sixth seed in the highly competitive Western Conference, and Gentry was informed the team was picking up his option for next season.
While Rondo couldn’t promise he’ll be back, he made it clear his affection for many on the roster grew considerably this season.
”Can’t say enough about this group – a group of men that came together and found a way to sacrifice for one another and try to come with a common goal,” Rondo said. ”I love our chemistry.”
The Pelicans played so well at times that Gentry found himself answering questions about whether the Pelicans might be better without Cousins. Gentry called that notion ”ludicrous.” He also said, ”It goes without saying” that the Pelicans want Cousins back.
If Cousins and Rondo both return, and team chemistry continues growing, the Pelicans could blossom into a team with the requisite combination of size and skill to punish teams like the Warriors which thrive on ”small ball.”
In any event, Davis’ ability to carry the team in Cousins’ absence only elevated his status as an elite player. He posted averages of 28.1 points, 11.1 assists and 2.6 blocks.
Meanwhile, playing more shooting guard than point guard seemed to suit Holiday, who averaged a career-best 19 points per game this season.
And for at least three more seasons, the Pelicans will have both Davis and Holiday under contract.
”We feel like we’re headed in the right direction as a franchise,” Gentry said.
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