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SDUT: Chargers make initial contract offer to Brees

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by ChargerRay, Feb 10, 2006.

  1. ChargerRay

    ChargerRay Producer/Host of BoltTalk Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/chargers/20060210-9999-1s10brees.html

    The Chargers have made their initial offer for a long-term contract to quarterback Drew Brees' agent, General Manager A.J. Smith confirmed yesterday.

    The team has yet to hear back from Tom Condon regarding the proposal, which was sent Monday.

    “I have no idea where it goes from here,” Smith said.

    Condon declined comment.

    While no hard deadline is imminent, the Chargers and Brees likely have just a week's window remaining to reach a deal.

    Smith, who has been a man of his word so far as general manager, has said the team will decide whether to designate Brees a franchise or transition player a week before the Feb. 23 deadline to do so.

    It is almost certain that if no deal is reached in the interim, the Chargers will designate Brees a franchise or transition player so they do not risk losing him without compensation or a chance to match a competing offer.

    Brees would become an unrestricted free agent if he is not designated one or the other.

    As a franchise player Brees can negotiate with other teams, but the Chargers would have the right to match any offer or receive two first-round draft picks from the team that signs him. As a transition player, Brees can also negotiate with suitors, and the Chargers would be able to match an offer but not receive draft picks as compensation if they declined.

    Brees' 2006 salary as a franchise or transition player would be approximately $9.7 million. That salary would be guaranteed if he is a franchise player. As a transition player, he would have to make the opening-day roster.

    Given the fact Brees is recovering from shoulder surgery and will not be able to throw until May and might not regain full strength even by training camp, it is likely he will be designated a transition player so the salary is not guaranteed.

    Brees last year threw for 3,576 yards, most in franchise history for someone not named Dan Fouts. He also threw 24 touchdown passes and was intercepted 15 times. Over the past two seasons his passer rating of 96.1 ranks fifth in the NFL.

    In addition to Brees' injury, the Chargers have leverage in backup Philip Rivers, who despite persistent rumors involving his being traded, will be a Charger in 2006.
     
  2. tboltzcali

    tboltzcali Well-Known Member

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    As far as I see it, PR is our starter. DB is pretty much leaving unless this cba thing gets solved.
     

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