Three years ago, Drew Brees was in the same place Dez Bryant found himself this offseason.
Brees had been franchise tagged by the Saints, and he wasn’t happy about it. So he did what players who have been franchised against their wishes do--he sat out all offseason. Suddenly, the man who brought a Super Bowl Championship to New Orleans and the team with which he did it in 2009 were at odds. It was kind of uncomfortable.
Until, that is, Brees inked a five-year, $100 million deal with the Saints in July of 2012. Almost three years later, to the day, Bryant got his big deal for five years and $70 million from the Cowboys.
The common denominator here is Tom Condon, the agent for both Bryant and Brees.
Condon took over as Bryant’s agent last November after the All-Pro receiver fired Eugene Parker for the second time in his career. This was something of a shock to the system for the Cowboys, who were used to dealing with Parker--Jerry Jones wasn’t a fan of the change--but in the end Condon helped hammer out a long-term deal after months of discussion and quiet tension--just as he did in 2012.