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Still no deal for Drew Brees

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As the Saints prepare to host the Texans on the fifth anniversary of the triumphant return to the Superdome after a hurricane ravaged the region, the quarterback who led the resurgence of the franchise continues to move toward the expiration of his contract, with no new deal in sight.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, an agreement still has not been reached between the Saints and Brees on a contract extension.  The Saints want to get it done, but the financial divide remains too wide.

The two sides remain expected to pull the plug on talks at some point in the near future, for fear of the situation becoming a perceived distraction, especially if the Saints struggle on the field.

The absence of a new contract keeps the injury risk on Brees — but it also drives his leverage higher as he gets closer and closer to completing the contract.  For now, he’s negotiating from a final-year base salary of just under $10 million.  If the Saints are forced to use the franchise tag on Brees, his starting point will be a one-year deal that likely will be worth $17 million or more in 2012.

For Brees’ part, his status definitely doesn’t seem to be a distraction, based on that 79-yard touchdown pass he threw last week to Devery Henderson, a firework rainbow that hit the streaking Henderson in stride.

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12 Responses to “Still no deal for Drew Brees”
  1. redrifle14 says: Sep 25, 2011 8:41 AM

    Brees will retire a Saint.

  2. rboyett says: Sep 25, 2011 8:58 AM

    Not worried. A deal will get done.

    WHODAT!

  3. saintsfan1111 says: Sep 25, 2011 9:12 AM

    Pay the man.

  4. tatum064 says: Sep 25, 2011 9:24 AM

    Like New Orleans is letting go the guy who made their franchise a Super Bowl champion…yeah right.

  5. dkeyser says: Sep 25, 2011 9:30 AM

    i’m failing to see the big deal about not having a deal done yet… He is going to get paid, be it now or at the end of the season.. The Saints will NOT let him go.. Its just like the Colts and Manning and the Pats with Brady.. The franchise knows that these guys are their faces and will break the bank to keep them.. A deal will get done, its just a matter of time

  6. thetooloftools says: Sep 25, 2011 9:42 AM

    Drew says: “just so I get mine… screw the old timers and everyone else”.

  7. stixzidinia says: Sep 25, 2011 10:13 AM

    Drew is under contract for this season. Stop trying to create drama. And enough with the Katrina nonsense. That has lost all dramatic effect by now.

  8. cardsfann1 says: Sep 25, 2011 10:26 AM

    STIXZIDINIA you are a complete moron! You obviously don’t know what you are talking about!!! There are thousands of people down here still suffering from the effects of hurricane Katrina! The Saints are still one of the few bright spots for these people jackasses! Drew Brees being the face of the franchise is what makes it so important to people that this deal gets done.

  9. vtopa says: Sep 25, 2011 12:41 PM

    This is pretty much a non-story. Mickey Loomis will NEVER let Brees go. Sean Payton, who just signed a 5 year extension, will NEVER let Brees go. Brees is going to get a nice fat contract that will keep him in NOLA for at least the next five years. In that time he’ll pick a couple more Superbowls in that time and head off to the HOF alongside Tom Brady. Sorry Atlanta, Tampon Bay, and Carolina…you’re going to have to suck it up a little longer.

  10. akasaintsbaby says: Sep 25, 2011 7:52 PM

    He will not be going anywhere. He wants to stay a Saint just as much as Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton want him to.

  11. getweird4u says: Sep 25, 2011 8:33 PM

    This just in : Peyton Manning is still hurt.

  12. cdsaints says: Sep 26, 2011 4:44 PM

    “Pay that man his money” – Teddy KGB

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