I think it’s safe to say the New Orleans Saints off-season has been an absolute mess.
“Bountygate” has caused Sean Payton to be suspended for the entire 2012 season, making him the first head coach in modern NFL history to be suspended for any reason. Linebacker Jonathan Vilma will also miss the entire 2012 season, along with Saints defensive end Will Smith who was suspended for four games.
The team was also robbed of draft picks, a crushing blow in a arguably deep NFL draft year.
Yet despite the fact that some would say the team got what they deserved from the Bountygate fiasco, the handling of their franchise quarterback’s future is an ordeal that doesn’t need to be another bump in the road.
“It’s been extremely frustrating for me,” Brees said. “I don’t think the negotiations should have been this difficult.”
“What’s been a little frustrating on my end, or disappointing, is the lack of communication,” the reigning Offensive Player of the Year said. “We’ve reached out on quite a few occasions and at times I know I’ve been frustrated with the lack of response.” Brees added.
Brees said he wants to return to the team as soon as possible, he also hinted in the interview of even missing training camp if he does not get a long-term extension in place. The Saints team captain has already missed several weeks of voluntary offseason training with the club, and New Orleans holds its first offseason practices next week.
Unlike some of the other franchise players that are only after the big dollars signs, Brees seems like he is just looking for piece of mind. He has been a leader, if not a saviour to the Saints franchise and locking him up long term is a no-brainer that needs to be corrected immediately.