Reports say Drew Brees and the Saints are still not close to a deal.
NEW ORLEANS- With the current state of the franchise, Drew Brees should be able to walk in the front office with a list of demands and have them met on sight.
The Saints are having a problem with cap space argument doesn’t wash when a large chunk of that is tied into Brees franchise tag. Lift the tag, work out the deal that he wants and be done with it.
Days before Bounty Gate broke, the biggest guffaw in Gumbo Land was the commentsMickey Loomis made about Brees.
He said that he was “very good” and “not great” at the NFL Scouting Combine. At that time Loomis was playing the typical media chess match that GMs are prone to do these days.
He later refuted the claims but at that point all hell had broken loose.
By that time the Saints had quickly slapped the exclusive franchise tag firmly on Brees.
By that time Brees was very angry with the organization and reportedly still is.
According to ESPN, the team and Brees are not close to a deal.
After all that the Saints have lost in the front office, on the sidelines and on the field, how can there be ANY question about what the Saints need to do?
The team has no leverage here. The not only need Brees to play well, they need Brees to motivate what’s left of the team.
They need Brees onboard to soothe the nerves of an extremely disgruntled fan base that is beside themselves.
Drew Brees agreeing to finish his career is the only good news that the team can give its citizens in 2012.
Why owner Tom Benson has not personally made this happen is beyond comprehension. Face facts, Brees holds the cards, give him what he wants.
It looks like he won’t sign the franchise tender or show up for team activities until an agreement is reached.
The worst waves of Bounty Gate are washing away and just as he was before the scandal, Brees is the biggest sticking point of the Saints off-season.
There has to be another hitch to why this is not happening despite all of the rumors that they are close that contradict the news reports that state that they are not.