Brees Contract Talks “Extremely Frustrating”

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.

The Saints placed the franchise tag on Drew Brees in March and the sides have until July 16 to hammer out a long-term extension. The contract talks have loomed all offseason and Brees is starting to sound impatient.
The Saints QB spoke Wednesday in an interview with WWL radio in New Orleans saying he doesn’t know why the two sides haven’t been able to work out a deal yet.

“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.

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Mike is the founding member at Gridiron Experts with over 1000+ articles credited to his name. With over 20 years of fantasy experience, Mike has a very unique style when picking sleepers and gems. He has always had a outside the box look on the NFL and rarely gets sucked into the hype over players or buzzing offenses. Mike looks at the game as a whole and doesn't focus solely on individual stats. Football is not Baseball, and you need to factor in more when researching players to draft. Mike has one year old son and is expecting a daughter in late July (2015).

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