Drew Brees, the starting quarterback of the New Orleans Saints has been mentioned by some NFL observers as someone who could be traded in the near future as the team prepares for the future because he will be paid almost $19 million in 2015 and the fact that some football observers believe the team is willing to trade or release almost anyone on the roster after they traded star tight end Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks.
The rumour that seems to have 'grown legs' thanks to the Internet has some experienced football observers quietly chuckling because while anything is possible in the National Football League there is a huge difference between trading a star tight end and a franchise quarterback such as Drew Brees. Jeff Duncan of NOLA.times stated publicly in an article what many seasoned football observers have quietly been stating among themselves which is that fans only have to look at how teams such as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans have fared without a franchise quarterback and is the memory of the New Orleans Saints observers so short that they have forgotten what life was like before Drew Bree's arrival?
The words 'franchise quarterback' before Drew Brees were almost the equivalent of a fantasy for the New Orleans Saints and it is very unlikely that head coach Sean Payton or general manager Mickey Loomis has any desire to start going through what would very likely be a losing season and put their jobs at jeopardy before having a franchise quarterback on their team and most teams in the National Football League who have these type of quarterbacks are not willing to let them go.
If the New Orleans Saints draft a young quarterback in the first round in the upcoming NFL draft than he might be traded in 2016 or 2017 after being groomed under Drew Brees but if he were available on the trade market one can be assured that a large number of teams would be fighting to have his services and it would not be a question that the Tennessee Titans would likely be one of the first teams knocking on their doors and would almost be willing to offer half their team.
Two things that the discussion about Drew Brees possibly being available for trade has done is created some laughs for some experienced football observers and highlighted how valuable he is as a quarterback because as one football observer noted, other than Tom Brady, Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers is there a quarterback one would rather have than the New Orleans starting quarterback calling the plays for a team?
Franchise quarterbacks are a very rare breed and Drew Brees is one of those elite quarterbacks that a team only considers trading after he has reached the end of his career and as he showed in 2014-15 season, he is not at the end of his career.