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Saints need Brees more than ever

Owner should pay his star and not risk further turmoil for troubled franchise

Originally Published: March 23, 2012
By Ashley Fox | ESPN.com

This has to be Priority No. 1 for New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson: Give Drew Brees whatever he wants. Now. Not tomorrow. Today.

Brees wants $23 million annually? Give him $25 million. He will earn every penny.

Now that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has leveled the Saints for their bounty program, Brees needs to be the face of the New Orleans franchise as never before. It can't be head coach Sean Payton, or assistant head coach Joe Vitt, or general manager Mickey Loomis.

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