Drew Brees is going to be a member of the New Orleans Saints for at least the next five seasons. Brees, the Pro Bowl quarterback who had been threatening to hold out if he and the Saints could not come to terms with a long term deal, signed a five year $100 million contract Friday.
A record $60 million is guaranteed.
If the Saints and Brees did not reach a long term deal by Monday the quarterback’s only option would be to sign a franchise tender.
Brees broke an NFL record with 5,476 passing yards in 2011, he will be playing the 2012 season without head coach Sean Payton, who was suspended for the season for his role in the team’s bounty scandal.
With the Freeh report being released on Thursday proving that the highest ranking officials at Penn St. University deliberately covered up sexual abuse claims against long time defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, the NCAA needs to drop the hammer on the University, and by that I mean give the program the death penalty for at least two seasons.
Sure that is not fair to the student athletes on the team now, but it’s really the only choice the NCAA has given the severity of the situation, a situation that was compounded by the popularity of the football program and desire for the higher ups at the school, most notably former head coach Joe Paterno, to cover up Sandusky’s abuse to protect the good name of the football program.
The situation at Penn St. is far more serious than any other incident in the history of major college football and the school needs to pay for its neglect.
The school should also tear down the statue of Paterno. If Penn St. wants to move forward from this scandal and restore its good name, it needs to rid itself of a statue of a man that played an integral role in the cover up.
It’s unfortunate for the current student athletes on the Penn St. football team, but if the university does not pay dearly a very poor precedent has been set.
-Compiled by Nick Curcuru