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Report: Brees’ agent “baffled” at slow pace of contract talks

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Drew Brees and the Saints have said so many times that both sides want to get a long-term contract done that it seems like a mere formality that things will get worked out long before it’s time for Brees to get to work at the Saints’ first offseason minicamp.

But one report suggests that contract talks aren’t moving as quickly as the Brees side expected: ESPN’s John Clayton said on SportsCenter this morning that Brees’ agent, Tom Condon, is surprised by the slow pace of the talks.

“I ran into his agent, Tom Condon of CAA, last week, and even he’s kind of baffled at this time as far as how this is going because it’s going to slow,” Clayton said. “Everybody knows the Saints aren’t going to lose Drew Brees. They can franchise him, they can get him to a long-term deal. But they’re really somewhat nowhere right now as far as getting a contract. But there’s still plenty of time before they have to make a franchise designation to pick things up. But that has to start picking up, really, in the next week or so. At this stage there’s been no real solid progress, but everybody in New Orleans, including Drew Brees, knows he’s not going to be a free agent. He is their franchise.”

The issue isn’t whether Brees will be the Saints’ quarterback in 2012. He will be. Condon being baffled isn’t like Tiki Barber being flabbergasted because Barber was flabbergasted when the 2011 season started and he wasn’t under contract. One way or another, Brees and the Saints will find a way to get him under contract before the 2012 season starts.

Condon’s comments, however, suggest that the agent is trying to do what agents do, and spurring the Saints to get moving on a long-term deal. If that doesn’t happen and the Saints put the franchise tag on Brees, and if Brees decides he’s not interested in signing the one-year franchise tender, this could drag out much further into the Saints’ offseason than anyone in New Orleans would like.

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68 Responses to “Report: Brees’ agent “baffled” at slow pace of contract talks”
  1. jimmysimpson55 says: Feb 7, 2012 10:32 AM

    Way to go Saints, screw up the good will with the player who is the ONLY reason you are even talked about.

  2. bospat says: Feb 7, 2012 10:32 AM

    Hhhm…Peyton coming home?

  3. RebelKrishna says: Feb 7, 2012 10:32 AM

    Rut-roh.

  4. haileli says: Feb 7, 2012 10:36 AM

    The front office has other things on their plates right now. Other upcoming free agents (Nicks, Colston) and preparing for the draft immediately come to mind. It’s a slam-dunk that Brees will be franchised if they don’t get a deal done soon, so that is probably low on their list of priorities. Training camp is 6 months away. Relax, Tom. Your payday is coming.

  5. 2sausage11 says: Feb 7, 2012 10:37 AM

    If he could win outside on the road in the playoffs it would be a done deal already. Plus Condon is to busy with Peyton to worry about Brees

  6. patfic15 says: Feb 7, 2012 10:40 AM

    It’s stunning how many times I use the word flabbergasted these days. Tiki’s legacy in my eyes….

  7. iceshocker says: Feb 7, 2012 10:40 AM

    Let’s be honest, we all know brees is the only reason the saints are still in new orleans. The moment he leaves the team will be gone like they were going to be before katrina.

  8. marshawnlynchlookslikepredator says: Feb 7, 2012 10:41 AM

    And Tiki Barber is flabbergasted

  9. nflovercollegefb says: Feb 7, 2012 10:41 AM

    I’m baffled too, not a Saints fan but geez, get Brees signed and get to your next priorities.

  10. detroitkitty says: Feb 7, 2012 10:42 AM

    I’m flabbergasted that Condon is baffled.

  11. medtxpack says: Feb 7, 2012 10:43 AM

    im getting sick of Brees already. he loves a courtroom atmosphere.

  12. swgiblin says: Feb 7, 2012 10:48 AM

    Give me an effing break. It should never have come this far. The new contract should have been ready to sign when the season ended.

  13. sg419 says: Feb 7, 2012 10:51 AM

    I’m sure Clayton just “ran into” Condon
    More like, hey Clayton you come out and say this about Brees and the Saints and I will give you some inside info later on.

    I’m just surprised it didn’t come from Chris Mortenson. He is usually Condon’s lap dog

  14. mac3333 says: Feb 7, 2012 10:53 AM

    Drag those feet Saints.

    I need Carl Nicks to hit the open market. A forced Franchise of Brees accomplishes this.

  15. jgrange says: Feb 7, 2012 10:54 AM

    The season just ended…overreaction, anyone?

  16. gonzosp says: Feb 7, 2012 10:56 AM

    Come on up to Washington, Mr. Brees. The Redskins will pay you what you’re worth, and it can happen as fast as you darn well please. You can be the hero that saves a franchise all over again.

  17. raven410 says: Feb 7, 2012 10:56 AM

    The agent is anxious to get paid!! Show him the MONEY!!

  18. mattolikesthevikes says: Feb 7, 2012 10:57 AM

    Talk to the wilfs. They threw a ton of money at Favre and that was the end of his career. Brees has a lot of fuel in his tank.

  19. hooks024 says: Feb 7, 2012 11:07 AM

    Go chaos! No deal! This is going to hurt the team long term. Let it drag out!

  20. ninefingers9 says: Feb 7, 2012 11:12 AM

    The Vikes need to offer Brees any amount of money they can to steal him away from NO! Hey Vikes, if you want the public to get behind your stadium crap…you need to bring in some big names to excite the fan base!

  21. realnflmaster says: Feb 7, 2012 11:12 AM

    Come to the JETS baby!

  22. nyjetssuck says: Feb 7, 2012 11:13 AM

    Okay Stephen Ross…want a franchise QB that the previous owner missed on???…make Drew Brees your #1 priority and the highest paid player in NFL history.

  23. fusion3450 says: Feb 7, 2012 11:26 AM

    All u people that hate brees…who is ur qb? Don’t be jealous because he’s not ur qb.

  24. nbaraie says: Feb 7, 2012 11:28 AM

    Why the rush. Saints have franchise tag in their pocket. It will get done either way.

  25. bayoubauer says: Feb 7, 2012 11:30 AM

    medtxpack says:
    Feb 7, 2012 10:43 AM
    im getting sick of Brees already. he loves a courtroom atmosphere.

    Nowhere in this article is Brees quoted as saying anything. This is all his agent talking.

    Just another dumb comment from a fan of team who’s QB prob sucks.

  26. blackqbwhiterb says: Feb 7, 2012 11:37 AM

    Peyton Manning goes to New Orleans, Brees to Washington, Washington sends LaRon Landry, Chris Cooley, and a host of draft picks to Indy……..

    Of course, when my buzz subsided, I figured this probably won’t happen, but hey…………

  27. dissed215 says: Feb 7, 2012 11:41 AM

    How can this happen??? He’s elite! Elite!!! OMG! He wins the Super Bowl every year!!!!!

  28. goawayeverybody says: Feb 7, 2012 11:41 AM

    Here is what I want:
    1. Drew Brees – 5 years, $80 million, $40 guaranteed
    2. Marques Colston – 5 years, $25 million, $12 million guaranteed
    3. Carl Nicks – 5 years, $25 million, $12 million guaranteed
    4. Robert Meachem – 5 years, $18 million, $10 million guaranteed

    Of course, because of the salary cap, this will never happen, but I can dream….

  29. Loose Changeup says: Feb 7, 2012 11:42 AM

    They’re probably waiting to see how the Peyton market turns out, since that’s a comparable contract.

    I’m hoping they save the franchise tag for Nicks, or maybe even Colston. They need to quit screwing around and make Brees a Saint for life.

  30. gmen1987 says: Feb 7, 2012 11:46 AM

    Tiki Barber is flabbergasted that Dree Brees is flabbergasted that his contract isn’t moving forward.

  31. cmack21 says: Feb 7, 2012 11:47 AM

    im not a fan personally, i just think if funny his football team cant play outside.

    on a related note: lol tiki barber

  32. dspyank2k11 says: Feb 7, 2012 11:48 AM

    Report for Feb 8th:

    Jets interested in Drew Brees, Sanchez is ok with that.

  33. vtopa says: Feb 7, 2012 11:49 AM

    YAWN. NON-STORY. Condon using ESPN suck-ups to send messages to the Saints front office. What a joke. Stay classy ESPN. Stay Classy Condom (sic).

  34. dukemarc says: Feb 7, 2012 11:50 AM

    Apparently the Bensons aren’t ready to be bent over by Brees & Condon quite yet.

  35. franktherat96 says: Feb 7, 2012 12:00 PM

    if Clayton said this, then contract talks are moving well and will be done in a few weeks

  36. maxl49 says: Feb 7, 2012 12:02 PM

    who dat say they gonna pay Drew Brees !

  37. countsnail says: Feb 7, 2012 12:08 PM

    That flabbergasted line never gets old.

    And if anybody thinks that Drew Brees won’t be starting QB in New Orleans next season, you’re nuts. That’s like thinking that Peyton Manning will be QB of the Colts next season.

  38. mclovin07 says: Feb 7, 2012 12:14 PM

    Baffled?? Isn’t he like 35?? If I was an owner I’d have a simple rule with ANY QB. Once 35, you don’t resign him for HUGE money. And if you do, no more than 2 year’s….I’d be willing to give Bree’s a year deal tops. If not, I’d be looking to unload his 35 year old a$$ for some very high draft picks…

  39. mclovin07 says: Feb 7, 2012 12:17 PM

    First thing Bree’s should do with that bonus is go see a plastic surgeon and have that God awful birthmark removed…

  40. pjgrannan says: Feb 7, 2012 12:30 PM

    Not sure why everyone says the franchise tag is a GUARANTEE he is back. I believe under the franchise tag he can still sign with another team but it costs the other team a first round choice. As an Exclusive Rights Franchise Tag it would cost the other team 2 first round choices (has only happened I believe 1 time). No it is NOT LIKELY but if people say they are willing to give up 3 first round picks for a chance to draft unproven Andrew Luck or 2 to draft RG3 why would no one even consider giving up the picks to sign Drew Brees.

  41. citynative says: Feb 7, 2012 12:32 PM

    @jackntorres

    I find it ironic with you being a Saints fan that you have yet to comment on an article regarding your franchise QB, yet you feel the need to comment on every 49ers article.

  42. musicman495 says: Feb 7, 2012 12:32 PM

    Baffled?? Isn’t he like 35??
    ———————————
    Just turned 33, genius.

  43. blackngoldsuperbowl says: Feb 7, 2012 12:33 PM

    AT

    mclovin07 says:
    Feb 7, 2012 12:14 PM
    Baffled?? Isn’t he like 35?? If I was an owner I’d have a simple rule with ANY QB. Once 35, you don’t resign him for HUGE money. And if you do, no more than 2 year’s….I’d be willing to give Bree’s a year deal tops. If not, I’d be looking to unload his 35 year old a$$ for some very high draft picks…
    ————————————————–
    People tend to think Brees is older but he is only 33, AND already had his birthday this year (January 15th 1979).

    The man brought NOLA its first Championship.

    The man broke Marino’s Record

    The man holds the NFL Completeion % Record

    Then man hold EVERY Franchise record.

    Think before you type. Brees is Saint for LIFE

  44. bnwpnw says: Feb 7, 2012 12:38 PM

    How soon before Tom Condon breaks out the poison pill?

  45. franknunley57 says: Feb 7, 2012 12:48 PM

    The “Stay classy” line … made popular again by the Boomer & Stern show is played out.

  46. dexterismyhero says: Feb 7, 2012 12:49 PM

    @mclovin07 says:Feb 7, 2012 12:17 PM

    First thing Bree’s should do with that bonus is go see a plastic surgeon and have that God awful birthmark removed…
    =================================

    I think he has a name for that thing……Herm or something…

  47. medtxpack says: Feb 7, 2012 12:53 PM

    bayoubauer says:Feb 7, 2012 11:30 AM

    medtxpack says:
    Feb 7, 2012 10:43 AM
    im getting sick of Brees already. he loves a courtroom atmosphere.

    Nowhere in this article is Brees quoted as saying anything. This is all his agent talking.

    Just another dumb comment from a fan of team who’s QB prob sucks.
    _________________________________

    Yea if you define sucks as being the MVP. congrats to yours for winning OPY.
    Its an ongoing thing with Brees, i didnt quote him cause, youre right, there is no quote in this story. But the team has other things to worry about more pressing. Plus, we all know he doesnt want to be franchised. Relax bud and realize its just my opinion, not an attack on you personally. But btw, what was the final score week 1 this year?

  48. goawayeverybody says: Feb 7, 2012 12:53 PM

    McLovin get a clue, Drew Brees just turned 32.

  49. snookau says: Feb 7, 2012 12:55 PM

    Not really surprised…

    This is the same owner that was about to move the team right before Katrina.

    But most Saints fans don’t remember that. Because they weren’t around back then.

    Don’t believe me? Check attendance records back at the end of 2005. Barely could put 35k in the Dome.

  50. iamnotoleanderson says: Feb 7, 2012 12:56 PM

    The players should have never agreed to continue that franchise tag nonsense.

  51. jesse1834 says: Feb 7, 2012 1:12 PM

    Bree’s and Sean Peyton are taking their talents to Texas.

  52. djaehne says: Feb 7, 2012 1:21 PM

    Brees to the Chiefs!

  53. cowartsh says: Feb 7, 2012 1:23 PM

    @pjgrannan
    learn what the franchise tag means before you post

  54. bigjdve says: Feb 7, 2012 1:37 PM

    I believe this is entirely about the Peyton situation. Not because Condon is to busy with Peyton, personally Peyton probably only has Condon there to look over the contracts much like the OC.

    However depending on how the Peyton situation plays out really depends on where Brees’s value will be assessed.

    Brees probably wants to be paid as one of the top 5 QBs in the league. Since the highest contract is in flux right now that has a really big bearing on his value. He would probably want it done now before the Peyton contract is gone which makes the highest 5 contracts lower, thus their average lower.

  55. dukemarc says: Feb 7, 2012 1:38 PM

    Why is this a surprise to anyone? Did we all forget Brees wanted to be exempt from the Franchise tag as part of the final terms of the CBA? He is looking for a Peyton+ deal – which is great, because either he’ll get it and cripple the Saints for years to come or he won’t, and the distraction and fan backlash against the organization will still cripple the franchise.

  56. iamnotoleanderson says: Feb 7, 2012 2:00 PM

    dukemarc says:
    Feb 7, 2012 1:38 PM
    Why is this a surprise to anyone?

    Um, why is WHAT a surprise to anyone?

    That people are overreacting to a miniscule quote Tom Condon made to John Clayton in an informal setting?

  57. sfsaintsfan says: Feb 7, 2012 2:04 PM

    “snookau says:

    Not really surprised…

    This is the same owner that was about to move the team right before Katrina.

    But most Saints fans don’t remember that. Because they weren’t around back then.

    Don’t believe me? Check attendance records back at the end of 2005. Barely could put 35k in the Dome.”

    Hey genius, the Saints did not play in the Superdome in 2005. They played “home” games in New Jersey, San Antonio and Baton Rouge. A good portion of their fan base were either evacuated and trying to figure out if/how they were going to rebuild their homes or they were housing friends and neighbors. Football was the last thing on their minds. Oh, by the way, the team was also 3-13 that year.

    The year before, in a “stelar” performance of 8-8, the team had 7 sell outs of 8 home game: http://www.footballdb.com/teams/nfl/new-orleans-saints/results/2004

    The year following Katrina in 2006, after the Superdome was reopened, the Saints started a string of sellouts for the season to season ticket holders that has continued to this date.

    The Saints have one of the most loyal fan bases in the NFL. Too bad the facts don’t jive with your reality.

  58. socalmaverick says: Feb 7, 2012 2:10 PM

    “Better pay me….after all, I saved the city!” Get back to being humble, Drew…..deflate the noggin a little.

  59. stevemartin17 says: Feb 7, 2012 2:14 PM

    Come to Seattle, we will pay you what you want!!

  60. really2011 says: Feb 7, 2012 2:31 PM

    snookau says:
    Feb 7, 2012 12:55 PM
    Not really surprised…

    This is the same owner that was about to move the team right before Katrina.

    But most Saints fans don’t remember that. Because they weren’t around back then.

    Don’t believe me? Check attendance records back at the end of 2005. Barely could put 35k in the Dome.

    ————————————————-

    This is hilarious… though you have at least explained your logic to me (albeit flawed). Glad you were able to push away from the Madden controller to weigh in on real football matters but…

    Hurricane Katrina occurred at the end of August 2005. Your reference to the “barely 35k in the Dome,” would be of value if the Saints played in the Dome at the end of 2005. Most of New Orleans was empty and the people dispersed around the country. That Dec 4th games was played at LSU stadium in Baton Rouge.

    So for the rest of the folks who seem to believe that there were no Saints fans prior to the SuperBowl year.

    Relative to attendance… (pre-Katrina mid 60’s and post-Katrina low 70’s) fair for a bad team compared to a good team.

    2009 70,105 SB
    2010 70,038
    2011 73,042 (more seats added to the Dome)

    2002 67,850
    2003 68,612
    2004 64,147

    Also, during the 1999 3-13 season 51,268 was the average attendance. Never believe that bags on heads meant that Saints fans didn’t support their team with the normal ebb and flow of any other team (attendance down in bad years and up in good years). Kind of like most teams.

  61. nowillrepeat says: Feb 7, 2012 3:16 PM

    Let’s be honest, we all know brees is the only reason the saints are still in new orleans. The moment he leaves the team will be gone like they were going to be before katrina.
    ——————————–
    Let’s be honest,

    Your and idiot

  62. nowillrepeat says: Feb 7, 2012 3:22 PM

    The “Stay classy” line … made popular again by the Boomer & Stern show is played out.
    ———————————
    I believe most people attribute that to Anchorman.

  63. nowillrepeat says: Feb 7, 2012 3:41 PM

    Yea if you define sucks as being the MVP. congrats to yours for winning OPY.
    Its an ongoing thing with Brees, i didnt quote him cause, youre right, there is no quote in this story. But the team has other things to worry about more pressing. Plus, we all know he doesnt want to be franchised. Relax bud and realize its just my opinion, not an attack on you personally. But btw, what was the final score week 1 this year?
    ——————————————
    Please stop talking about something you clearly know nothing about. You have no idea what the teams priorities are.
    And did you really bring up week 1?
    How bout your guy win a playoff game and not suck horibly during his chance (at home nontheless). Brees took care of business in a big way against Detroit and almost had the comeback of the century against SF until his defense let him down.
    If your sick of him than too bad. He helped save the season with his involvement in the lockout as no games were lost. I believe most veterans would appreciate his work as they now have much better benefits once their playing days are over. Something Aaron was too cool to care about or fight for.
    Take your smugness and ge out of here

  64. pjgrannan says: Feb 7, 2012 4:39 PM

    @cowartsh “learn what the franchise tag means before you post”

    “An “exclusive” franchise player must be offered a one-year contract for an amount no less than the average of the top five salaries at the player’s position as of a date in April of the current year in which the tag will apply, or 120 percent of the player’s previous year’s salary, whichever is greater. Exclusive franchise players cannot negotiate with other teams.
    A “non-exclusive” franchise player must be offered a one-year contract for an amount no less than the average of the top five salaries at the player’s position in the previous year, or 120 percent of the player’s previous year’s salary, whichever is greater. A non-exclusive franchise player may negotiate with other NFL teams, but if he signs an offer sheet from another team, the original team has a right to match the terms of that offer, or if it does not match the offer and thus loses the player, is entitled to receive two first-round draft picks as compensation.”

    My Bad. I was off on the precise distinction – probably going off on old definition – and the Saints will undoubtedly use the Exclusive Rights Franchise designation thereby keeping Brees off the market.

    No need to be obnoxious in the manner of pointing it out though.

  65. dukemarc says: Feb 7, 2012 4:59 PM

    “He helped save the season with his involvement in the lockout as no games were lost.”

    That’s effing laughable right there. Just because no games were lost doesn’t mean Brees had anything to do with it. In fact, his almost daily rhetoric in the media was more counterproductive than any of his fellow team reps.

  66. ascensionparish says: Feb 7, 2012 8:22 PM

    Everyone knows Brees will hit paydirt. But it’s Mickey Loomis’ job to structure the payment in a way that won’t mortgage the future of the franchise. Nicks, Colston, Meachem, and Porter would like a slice of the pie as well.

  67. tatum064 says: Feb 7, 2012 11:15 PM

    Only option that could be available is Washington. They have the cap room, and the money to pay for a Drew Brees.

    New Orleans might be able to get Peyton Manning to play for the same team his old man did.

    Both impossible to happen. Get it done Saints – you were one game short of a Super Bowl shot.

  68. wjoinfo says: Feb 9, 2012 12:16 PM

    I heard they’re going to trade Brees for Tebow !!!! Yeah right, anyway, you can bet your house that Brees will be under center for the Saints this year. Brees is a straight shooter and if he thought the Saints were screwing around he would say so. More than likely they are trying to structure his contract so he can make the max and still not hurt the team’s salary cap, which is probably a very difficult thing to do……

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