In Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, we send more juveniles to life without parole than anybody in the world. I don’t think that’s something to be proud of as Philadelphians, as Pennsylvanians, he said. But it’s something that can be fixed. So I want to use my platform to point to those issues, to point to the voices of the people that do this work every day, because that’s not what I do. I go to practice every day. I don’t go to these community groups. But I can bring them to the table and hear their voices, and that’s what I’m responsible for.
Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and defensive end Chris Long stand for the anthem prior to Sunday’s game against the Giants. Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
That’s the big picture. But Sunday’s demonstration was personal.
And because the Saints have mismanaged their salary cap and contracts so badly, this is not exactly an attractive landing spot for an executive. Many new GMs walk into a situation in which they can rip a team apart, create huge amounts of cap space by cutting players, add draft picks and be praised for it. In New Orleans, a new GM immediately would face the decision of either paying a ransom for Brees or letting the face of the franchise walk for nothing but a compensatory draft pick in 2019.
If a new GM opts to go with Brees, there will be little flexibility with the cap for at least one and probably two years. The Saints project to have around $30 million in cap space next year, but that figure doesn’t include a new contract for Brees, an extension for safety Kenny Vaccaro or a tender for receiver Willie Snead. A traditional contract for Brees likely would eat up an additional $14 million-$17 million of the cap in 2018 and $25 million in 2019.