Could this be the week New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees inks a new contract with the team and helps bring to a close an excruciating off season for Who Dat Nation? Speculation is rampant that the record-setting QB will accept an offer made Thursday by the club.
Brees reportedly is back at his summer home in San Diego mulling the deal, which is expected to make him the highest paid quarterback in the National Football League. If the rumors prove true, Brees is staring at a contract that would likely pay him more than $19 million per season; Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning signed a one-year deal during the off season that will earn him $19.2 million. Although neither side is offering details on the ongoing negotiations, sources have also said the deal has been hung up on how much of the contract will be guaranteed money and how soon Brees will earn it.
Brees is 33 years old — that’s moving into long-in-the-tooth range for an NFL QB — but in the six seasons he has been with the Saints he has set numerous individual records over the span including yards passing (28,394), completions (2,488), touchdowns (201) and completion percentage (67.8). Notably, he eclipsed Dan Marino’s single-season passing record last year, throwing for 5,476 yards.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.