Johnson and Cook just combined to give Brees and his agent, noted leverage-meister Tom Condon, all sorts of ammunition for their upcoming talks with the Saints. That's because in the spectrum of NFL contracts, it is extremely rare that a star quarterback is outranked in earnings by a player from any other position. Moreover, the difference in pay for elite quarterbacks is usually significant.
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For now, Johnson's eight-year, $132 million deal with $53.25 million guaranteed is the type of contract that resets the marketplace for all top players. Shortly, defensive end Mario Williams could do the same with a deal from the Buffalo Bills or another franchise.
All of that has a huge impact on Brees, who right now is sitting with a one-year contract offer after being tagged as New Orleans' exclusiveRead More »from Calvin Johnson's monster deal put Saints in tough negotiating spot with Drew Brees