Archive for Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Brees wants new deal from Chargers

January 11, 2005


— Drew Brees wants a little loyalty and commitment from the San Diego Chargers.

"I think the organization knows how I feel. I think I've made that known that I want to be here and I want a long-term contract," the Pro Bowl quarterback said Monday. "So really now, it kind of falls in their court. It's up to them to decide what they want to do."

The Chargers made a stunning playoff exit Saturday night, losing, 20-17 in overtime, to the New York Jets in a home wild-card game.

Brees has reached the end of his four-year contract. Many people think the Chargers will put the "franchise" tag on him and give him a $9 million contract. Then, they can either trade him or let him compete for the starting job with Philip Rivers, who they got in a draft-day trade to be their quarterback of the future.

The Chargers, who won the AFC West at 12-4, are expected to have $21 million available under the salary cap.

The Chargers aren't in a hurry to decide Brees' fate.

"I won't talk about our football business," general manager A.J. Smith said Monday. "I haven't a clue right now."

Smith did say the team planned to discuss the coaching staff's future first. Marty Schottenheimer has one year left on his deal, and the team has been negotiating an extension with his agent.

Schottenheimer, whose postseason record dropped to 5-12, was given several chances Monday to give Brees a vote of confidence, but chose not to.

"I don't really want to get into that at this point," Schottenheimer said.

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