caneblood wrote:Good point, but why would the Bengals bench Kitna for an unproven "rookie?"
Because Kitna is older and has had his time to shine. He is not the future and doesn't have the upside of Palmer.
But Brees is still young and I just don't see how anyone can say that Rivers has more upside. Brees is only 25 and progressing VERY well.
Put it this way, if we were to take a survey of NFL GM's and ask them who they would rather get Brees or Rivers, I think the answer would unanimously be Brees. However if you ask the same question with Kitna and Palmer, Palmer would get plenty of votes (even while he's struggling) because he's younger and hasn't tapped his potential yet.
So why woul SD keep Rivers over Brees. They can trade Rivers and get a very high draft pick (and would be free of any future salary commitments to Rivers). They can't trade Brees because he'll be a free agent (it would cost $10M to give him the franchise tag). The only reason to keep Rivers is that management feels bad about the $14MM signing bonus they gave him (but they have to realize that's a sunk cost).
Option 1) Tag Brees and resign him. Trade Rivers for a high 1st round pick. End up with Brees and a top 15 draft pick.
Option 2) Let Brees walk and keep Rivers. End up with Rivers.
Would you rather have Brees and a top 15 draft pick or just Rivers?
Heck SD could package that top 15 pick with their own 1st and move up to the top of the draft. As a Miami fan I would love for us to trade down and get 2 1st rd picks that we could use on Eric Winston and another OLinemen.
very good points cane
They were actually talking about this over at rotoworld. Why not trade Rivers to a struggling team? Brees already knows this offense and is gelling w/ all his weapons. This team is nothing like the bengals, they arent building for the future, their future is now.
Unless Rivers has been absolutely amazing in practices and has learned every bit of this offense, I see no reason not to try and trade him over Brees. Brees also wont be nearly as good on a new team that he would have to learn the entire system over again and find out what his weapons are capable of.
I mean hell, Brees is being considered for MVP this year. Has any MVP or MVP candidate just been let go the next year for an inexperienced backup? Thats crazy