How Long Will the Saints Play Hardball with the Face of Their Franchise? – As if the New Orleans Saints did not have enough on their plate to worry about. While ‘Who Dat Nation’ adjusts to the details and ramifications of the Saints Bounty Program, another issue simmers below the radar. Starting Quarterback Drew Brees remains at home, not participating in the teams organized workouts. Brees expected to receive a lucrative contract offer from the Saints. Instead, he was hit with the Franchise Tag, which will pay him the average salary of the top 5 players at his position. Now comes this report from ESPN.com:
“New Orleans sure could use some good news these days, and this certainly won’t qualify. [The Saints] and quarterback Drew Brees are not any closer to a contract extension and have made little progress on a long-term deal. … Brees, who was tagged by the Saints as their franchise player, has not signed his one-year tender and has skipped the team’s voluntary workouts to date. Brees led the Saints to the franchise’s first Super Bowl championship after the 2009 season. He broke Dan Marino’s single-season passing yards record last season, throwing for 5,476 yards and 46 touchdowns. Last month, Saints owner Tom Benson said “we’re close” when asked if a long-term deal was near.”
With so much riding against them heading into next season, the Saints can ill afford to have their star player remain at home, disgruntled over his contract status. With GM Mickey Loomis facing an 8 game ban for the season, he has a ton of work cut out for him as he attempts to get all his ducks in a row.