I wouldn't let one player put the team and the entire off season in a stranglehold because he felt he was owed. The Saints gave Brees his last shot. Remember no one besides us and the Dolphins even wanted to talk to him, and the Dolphins said no. Sounds like it worked out pretty good for us but also really good for Brees. I'm not saying we should have let him walk but I know I've seen teams winning games with quarterbacks that arent Drew Brees and aren't getting paid more money than any other person employed by the NFL.
How good did finding a replacement for Nicks work out? If it weren't for the Brees holdout Nicks would most likely still be on the team.
So, you say you wouldn't let a single player put a stranglehold on the team, but you wouldn't let him walk.
You have to understand that his play sets his market at X. It's your job as the GM to decide his worth, which is immeasurable in this situation for this player. You can't change his worth. You just cannot.
And now you're telling me that Carl Nicks would still be on this team if not for Brees. That's fricking dog shite. Carl Nicks set his worth, and the Saints were out of his market regardless. Not to mention that Ben Grubbs is a damn good offensive lineman.