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Chargers mull options with Brees

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Feb 16, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2006/02/16/sports/professional/chargers/21_03_112_15_06.txt">North County Times</a>

    <img width="273" height="182" alt="Drew Brees" title="Drew Brees" src="http://www.bolttalk.com/images/brees12.jpg" />

    Brees, who is coming off right shoulder surgery, can become a free agent on March 3. But the Chargers can prevent that by signing him to a contract, or designating him as a franchise or transition player before next Thursday afternoon's deadline.

    A Chargers spokesman said there would be no announcement regarding Brees on Wednesday.

    The two sides are working on a multiyear deal, something Brees has long sought.
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    If common ground can't be reached, the Chargers are expected to protect themselves by granting him franchise or transition status.

    With Brees as a franchise player, the team could match any other offer, or decline and receive two first-round picks; it's highly unlikely a rival would relinquish such a bounty for Brees.

    Brees, as a franchise player, would earn in 2006 the average of the top five quarterback salaries, which is roughly a guaranteed $9.7 million.

    As a transition player, the Chargers retain the option to equal any offer, but wouldn't be compensated if Brees leaves. Brees' compensation would be the average of the top 10 quarterback salaries and it wouldn't be guaranteed until he makes the opening-day squad. That avenue might make more sense for the Chargers considering Brees' medical status.

    Brees isn't expected to resume throwing until May.

    Chargers general manager A. J. Smith, and Brees' agent, Tom Condon, didn't return calls seeking comment.

    The team has agreed to terms with backup fullback Andrew Pinnock on a five-year deal and restructured No. 3 quarterback A. J. Feeley's contract through 2007.

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