New Orleans Saints

Four more years with Brees or wait til’ next year without him?

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) takes part in a drill during the NFL football team's minicamp in Metairie, La. The Saints open training camp in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, on July 27.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) takes part in a drill during the NFL football team's minicamp in Metairie, La. The Saints open training camp in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, on July 27. Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS

Maybe, Drew Brees is going about it all wrong wrong trying to secure a new multi-year, mega-millions contract with the New Orleans Saints.

Perhaps, Brees and his mouthpiece, agent Tom Condon, should hold a convention for Who Dat Nation in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, complete with a panel of speakers who support the 37-year-old quarterback’s effort to finish his Hall of Fame career with the Black and Gold.

I can hear the stadium now: “Four More Years!... Four More Years! ... Four More Years!”

Sorry folks. I’m not in my right mind after sitting through two weeks of presidential conventions during which GOP nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and their camps vowed to make all our problems go away beginning Jan. 20, 2017.

Each basically promised a brand new world after being sworn in as our country’s 45th president.

But neither offered ways to fix a bad Saints defense. Perhaps, both camps determined it might be easier to trim the runaway national deficit -- now $18 trillion and counting by the hour -- than to offer an easy fix for a historically bad defensive unit.

The biggest problem facing the Saints this season is not getting Brees under a new contract extension. He’s being compensated well in the fifth and final year of a $100 million contract. No, his situation pales in comparison to mending a broken defense.

If coach Sean Payton and defensive coordinator Dennis Allen can’t fix that side of the ball sooner than later, then this season promises to end in frustration and disappointment again for Who Dat Nation and Brees might be forced to walk the plank.

In fact, I can think of several more pressing issues for the Saints than Brees’ contract situation.

Consider:

    An offensive line that features unproven guards (Andrus Peat, Tim Lelito, Sene Kelemete) on both sides of center Max Unger, a long-in-the-tooth right tackle in Zach Strief and a left tackle in Terron Armstead who enters training camp on PUP.

    An unsettled situation at placekicker. Somebody -- anybody -- needs to step up (Kai Forbath, Connor Barth?).

    A stagnant return game with no real game-breaking threat (C.J. Spiller, Brandin Cooks, Marcus Murphy?).

    The health status of oft-injured safety Jairus Byrd, suddenly brittle cornerback Keenan Lewis and nicked-up OLB Dannell Ellerbe.

    Brees still could use a dependable, vertical threat at wide receiver (rookie Mike Thomas, Brandon Coleman?).

    Plus, who’ll be a bookend pass rusher for RDE Cameron Jordan, now that top prospect Hau’oli Kikaha is out for the season?

    If these roster concerns can’t be solved, if the Saints miss the playoffs for the fourth time in five years, then Brees’ future in New Orleans takes on a whole new look.

    There may be no battle cry from the loyal servants of “Four More Years.’’

    More likely, you’ll hear the dejected refrain of “Wait Till Next Year!’’

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