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Brees wants to feel the love

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Oct 13, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/sports/football/nfl/oakland_raiders/12889948.htm" target="_blank">The Mercury News</a>

    <img src="http://bolttalk.com/images/brees07.jpg" alt="Drew Brees" />

    By Steve Corkran

    For San Diego Chargers quarterback Drew Brees, it's simple.

    ``I want a commitment,'' Brees said in a conference call with Bay Area media Wednesday, four days before the Chargers are slated to play the Raiders. ``That's the most important to me, a team saying, `Hey, you are our guy. This is your team. Take over.' Obviously, with a one-year deal, that's not the answer that I've gotten.''

    No long-term deal appears to be forthcoming. After a breakout season in 2004, in which Brees led the Chargers to the playoffs, San Diego signed the quarterback to a one-year tender as franchise player. Waiting in the wings is 2004 first-round pick Phillip Rivers, who was brought in because Brees had struggled until last season.

    For now, the Chargers are content taking it season by season, San Diego Coach Marty Schottenheimer said.

    ``We think we're kind of in an ideal situation, frankly,'' Schottenheimer said. ``We've got a young quarterback who is an ascending player in Drew Brees, and we've got a younger quarterback that we think can become a very good player.''

    San Diego slapped the franchise tag on Brees after last season, giving him a one-year, $8.078 million contract. That figure soars to approximately $10 million if the Chargers designate Brees as the franchise player again (the salary is the average of the top five salaries at that position in the NFL).

    The Raiders are in a similar situation with cornerback Charles Woodson. They have used their franchise tag on Woodson each of the past two seasons.

    The Chargers no doubt are hedging their bets, waiting to see if Brees' 2004 showing was an aberration or the realization of his potential after three nondescript seasons.

    Brees, 26, passed for 27 touchdowns and only seven interceptions in 2004, completing 65.5 percent of his passes and guiding the Chargers to a 12-4 finish. Indianapolis' Peyton Manning and Philadelphia's Donovan McNabb were the only other quarterbacks with better touchdown-to-interception ratios.

    This season, Brees hasn't been as sharp, but he still ranks among the leaders in several statistical categories. He has completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 1,042 yards, thrown seven touchdowns and four interceptions, and has a passer rating of 92.7.

    That isn't good enough, Brees said. It takes more than compiling impressive stats.

    ``You've always got to prove yourself,'' Brees said. ``There's always something. There's always another challenge to be undertaken. But I know what they want to see from me; they want to see me win football games. They want to see us win a championship. And that's what I want to do, too.''

    Therein lies the rub. Brees gives the Chargers their best shot at achieving those goals and, by extension, perhaps persuading the voters of San Diego to approve funding for a new stadium the team covets.

    The catch is, a sizable portion of the populace isn't enamored with Chargers owner Alex Spanos and isn't apt to grant his wishes. Therefore, going with Rivers could be seen as taking a step back just as the Chargers were emerging into a top-flight team.

    It's an interesting choice. Only this time, there's more than wins and losses riding on San Diego's decision.

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