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Brees willing to help Saints, but contract is tough

QB willing to help with cap problems, but his own contract is tricky Jason Cole

Print This January 14, 2014, 10:03 AM EST

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees said he’s willing to do “whatever I can” to help the Saints deal with salary cap problems the team is facing this offseason, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

However, the Saints, who are projected to be at least $10 million over the salary cap for next season, may be limited to how much they can do with Brees outside of an extension of his contract as they try to figure out how to get under the salary cap and keep top free agents Jimmy Graham and Malcolm Jenkins.

Brees counts for $18.4 million against the salary cap next season, including a $10.75 million base salary. However, his cap number increases to $26.4 million ($18.75 million base salary) in 2015 and then $27.4 million ($19.75 million base) in 2016. In other words, moving money from this year’s base salary to the next two seasons will only create a bigger problem in the following years.

The situation gives Brees tremendous leverage in the situation, particularly if the team asks him to do an extension of the contract. One issue worth watching in the deal is that Brees and Graham are represented by the same agency, CAA.

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