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Drew Brees: “We’re continuing to work on a long-term deal”

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Although it’s been largely overshadowed by the bounty fiasco, the Saints have another potentially significant problem on their hands this offseason if they can’t reach an agreement on a new contract for Drew Brees. Whether that problem will be resolved quickly or drag out for several months remains to be seen.

Brees is in Southern California today promoting his upcoming celebrity golf tournament, and in speaking to reporters he offered few details about where contract talks stand. Asked by Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times whether he’ll be there when the Saints’ workouts start on Monday, Brees didn’t give much of an answer.

“We’re continuing to work on a long term deal,” Brees said.

Working on a deal is better than not working on a deal, but there doesn’t appear to be much reason for optimism that Brees will be there to start the Saints’ offseason program. Once the dust settles on the bounty case, this may turn out to be another big distraction for the Saints.

But the dust hasn’t settled on the bounty case yet. Brees called the audio of former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams urging his players to injure players on the 49ers “hard for everybody to hear,” and he acknowledged that it’s going to be difficult in New Orleans.

Obviously we’re all very disappointed,” Brees said, via U-T San Diego. “This is a shock to all of us, but whatever is thrown at us, we’re just going to have to find a way to get through it and deal with it and stick together and stay strong. We’ll see how this process continues to move on as we go, but we have a job to do, and that’s to win football games.”

But Brees can’t win football games until he’s under contract.

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24 Responses to “Drew Brees: “We’re continuing to work on a long-term deal””
  1. saintsly says: Apr 10, 2012 6:40 PM

    Drew might as well just sit tight and keep it to himself. Darren Sharper has spoken again and now all the freaking Viking Fans are back out in force. They just dont get it !!!! They lost!!!!
    They did not win the NFCCG and they did not win a Super Bowl. They LOST!!!!! Let it go!!!!
    WE won and no bounty was made to get the win. Your pourus defense, inability to hold on to the ball and 12 men in the huddle lost you the game. If your defense had stopped the rush Favre would never have been touched but your team couldn’t do it so Favre got beat up. Let it go !!!! You lost !!!! Move on !!!!

  2. crimhollingsworth says: Apr 10, 2012 6:43 PM

    “Hard for everybody to hear”- My sources tell me that members of the Saints defense already knew what was said during that speech, but OK Drew, go ahead and pretend that the whole team is blindsided by what has been going on for three years.

  3. nosaintsfan79 says: Apr 10, 2012 6:48 PM

    The Saints are a mess

  4. rezburna says: Apr 10, 2012 6:48 PM

    I’m pretty sure he can win plenty of football games for the Saints, seeing how he’s been franchised tagged. It’s highly unlikely he’ll hold out. He’ll get his deal, less money then he wants, more then the Saints really wanted to give, and this will all be over.

  5. jjmaddog says: Apr 10, 2012 7:01 PM

    crimhollingsworth says:
    Apr 10, 2012 6:43 PM
    “Hard for everybody to hear”- My sources tell me that members of the Saints defense already knew what was said during that speech, but OK Drew, go ahead and pretend that the whole team is blindsided by what has been going on for three years.

    Gotta agree. It must not have been too hard to hear the first time around.

  6. cowboycjn says: Apr 10, 2012 7:05 PM

    No matter what is said or done there are so many jealous fans of other weak teams they love ripping the Saints out of fear. The “Bayou Bounty Hunters” will still beat your team and make fools of them.

    If the Saints win they will say – oh the refs went easy on them out of pity of the punishments, if they lose they will say – see that they can’t win without the bounty. If a Saints player hitstheir players (even a legal hit) they will cry foul and want a flag. Just be on the look-out – Saints are going to the playoffs this year no matter who is coaching them.

  7. gotampabay52 says: Apr 10, 2012 7:20 PM

    You havnt swept us in years the Bucs dont fear the saints we beat and broke yohr coaches leg and our players didnt make a penny more for doing thats how football is played you hit cause its your job you dont need extra money to do it saints suck

  8. letmesetyoustraight says: Apr 10, 2012 7:23 PM

    I think Brres’ deal get’s done shortly after all the player suspensions are known which should be soon) and Loomis knows exactly what kind of cap room he has to deal with. Rumors are the basic structure of the deal is in place.

  9. cwwgk says: Apr 10, 2012 7:33 PM

    The above Saints fans are a curious lot. They seem to feel all the negativity surrounding their is simply the result of jealousy. Apparently an impressive batch of Kool-Aid has blinded these poor souls from reality.

  10. chawk12thman says: Apr 10, 2012 7:41 PM

    The best answer during that interview would have been for Brees to indicate that he only wishes Coach Williams was not suspended so he could get “an explanation”.

  11. joeysaints says: Apr 10, 2012 7:51 PM

    To all my fellow saints fans: once brees is signed everything will be fine. Drew gives you a chance 2 win every game whether you have a good or bad defense and the moves the moves the saints have made so far this season only makes the defense better. Smart moves on defense gearing up to stop Carolina Atlanta and Tampa bay running game. Saints are at their best when they face adversity. Can’t wait for the season. Heaters im waiting for you 2 come out of the wood work! Whodatnation! Can’t wait for fantasy football either!

  12. numberoneinthehoodg says: Apr 10, 2012 8:00 PM

    What make Saints fans believe he wants to be there for the long term? Not saying he doesn’t like the area he is in but he’s put himself in a situation that could be detrimental to his long term future. We all know there is life after football and he’s taken strides in that area by putting himself into the players association. If he stays with the Saints long term he’s admitting that he “approves” of the strategies of his organization that goes against his alignment towards players. If he leaves, he goes against his “love” for the area he plays in. IMO he wants to be involved in football after playing in some respect and it may be in his best interest to leave and spill the proverbial beans.

  13. nineroutsider says: Apr 10, 2012 8:09 PM

    Weird…I find it isn’t hard to listen to when taking into account what happened on the field the next day. In fact, it just makes it that much better. Seriously, I love that the audio came out and that it was for the 9er game. Don’t get me wrong, he crossed the line with the ACL comment, but the audio is still music to my ears that makes me smile when I hear it for the surprise they got the next day still stings them like a Roger Goodell suspension.

    The 9ers will clip them next year at home too. It’s just a matter of time, tick, tick, tick…

    I know I’m getting started a little early, but something about Saints fans that gets me jumping outta my skin…already fired up! Is it September yet???

  14. simon94022 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:23 PM

    Haters? Who hates the Saints? They won a Super Bowl three years ago, but basically for their entire existence they’ve been the Chicago Cubs of the NFL.

  15. timsmooth says: Apr 10, 2012 9:05 PM

    This is FOOTBALL!! It’s violent!!! That’s why we luv it. Now let’s move on.

  16. outlawshark says: Apr 10, 2012 9:20 PM

    “there doesn’t appear to be much reason for optimism that Brees will be there to start the Saints’ offseason program.”
    ___________________________
    So, Drew Brees runs his own team workouts when there is no offseason program, yet he won’t show up for it when the offseason program returns?

    Wait… what?

  17. slickster35 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:30 PM

    Aints fans are slowly catching back up to their cities stench, and their teams cowardace.

    This taint isn’t going away, ever. The Super Bowl win will forever have an asterisk, as it should.

    Brees is pure scum. Oh, and MOLE!

  18. vtopa says: Apr 10, 2012 9:39 PM

    Cue the hate.

    There’s nothing better than being the fan of a winner and listening to the whining of fans from teams that have been beaten jump up and down like petulant little children. Now Drew Brees is a BAD guy? huh? This is the guy who started the Brees Foundation? The guy who visited troops in Iraq more than any other active NFL player? The guy who had the guts to do PSAs deriding the bullying of gay kids? Seriously? Its one thing to be a fan, its another to be a hypocritical moron. The people from mediocre teams who troll this site looking for opportunities to hate the Saints from their mom’s basement need to get a life.

    Jealous much? You mad bro?

  19. mp42245 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:50 PM

    So, Drew Brees runs his own team workouts when there is no offseason program, yet he won’t show up for it when the offseason program returns?

    Wait… what?
    ———————————————
    What a rube. The man hasn’t signed anything. Would you go pump iron and have your shoulder blow out and lose 16 million. I damn sure would not.

  20. steelymcbeam6 says: Apr 10, 2012 11:54 PM

    just pay the man. with how messed up this team has been the past few months i think the saints need to keep the face of their franchise happy. i doubt hes asking for more than fair market value. if hes considered an elite QB he deserves to be paid like one….6y/$120m

  21. outlawshark says: Apr 11, 2012 2:04 AM

    mp42245 says:Apr 10, 2012 9:50 PM

    So, Drew Brees runs his own team workouts when there is no offseason program, yet he won’t show up for it when the offseason program returns?

    Wait… what?
    ———————————————
    What a rube. The man hasn’t signed anything. Would you go pump iron and have your shoulder blow out and lose 16 million. I damn sure would not.
    ______________________
    Yeah, that $14.4 million franchise tag is too little to risk it.

  22. PriorKnowledge says: Apr 11, 2012 2:21 AM

    No matter what is said or done there are so many jealous fans of other weak teams they love ripping the Saints out of fear. The “Bayou Bounty Hunters” will still beat your team and make fools of them.

    If the Saints win they will say – oh the refs went easy on them out of pity of the punishments, if they lose they will say – see that they can’t win without the bounty. If a Saints player hitstheir players (even a legal hit) they will cry foul and want a flag. Just be on the look-out – Saints are going to the playoffs this year no matter who is coaching them.

    Awesome – Preemptive excuse making. So no matter whether the Saints win or lose, it is somebody else’s fault… Gotta Love It!

  23. musicman495 says: Apr 11, 2012 7:46 AM

    gotampabay52 says: Apr 10, 2012 7:20 PM

    You havnt swept us in years the Bucs dont fear the saints we beat and broke yohr coaches leg and our players didnt make a penny more for doing thats how football is played you hit cause its your job you dont need extra money to do it saints suck
    ——————————-
    Jimmy Graham broke the coaches leg. Clearly another genius Bucs fan.

  24. jdoub732 says: Apr 11, 2012 9:20 AM

    Do some of even watch football? Alot of yall just talkin out of hate for m
    nts cause they done spanked your team

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