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Jimmy Graham wants Brees back “as soon as possible”

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The Saints opened their offseason program with two weeks of lifting and running and catching passes from quarterbacks.  But tight end Jimmy Graham will be catching no passes from quarterback Drew Brees until Brees signs a contract.

And Jimmy Graham wants that to happen, now.

“I can remember last year, during the lockout, other teams, they didn’t get together,” Graham told WWL radio in New Orleans, via SportsRadioInterviews.com.  “Drew orchestrated [workouts] and paid for a lot of the younger guys and even got me a place to stay and said, ‘Jimmy, I want you here.’  He paid that out of his own pocket for all of us to be here training together and we saw what that translated into and what that meant as far as us jelling.  I’m not sure what’s going on or all the details but I just want him back as soon as possible.”

The details are, generally speaking (which means they’re not really details), that Brees wants more than what the team has offered, and that no one has blinked, yet.  Also, each side likely thinks that the other side has more leverage in light of recent events, which has given rise to a high-stakes game of chicken that could eventually make it even harder for the Saints to be ready to put together the kind of regular season that prevents them from having to leave the Superdome in the playoffs.

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47 Responses to “Jimmy Graham wants Brees back “as soon as possible””
  1. tombradyallday says: Apr 17, 2012 3:35 PM

    everything he said was true brees is the leader of the saints. but other teams did work out wasnt just the saints during lockout

  2. dannyreneau says: Apr 17, 2012 3:39 PM

    Brees to KC! I’d love to see Brees and Manning go at it twice a year

  3. revanslightsaber says: Apr 17, 2012 3:39 PM

    I want Jimmy Graham back on my fantasy team

  4. jaymind04 says: Apr 17, 2012 3:40 PM

    I like the Saints less and less each day. Although you can discuss “worth” and “value” in relation to other players’ salaries all you want, it’s difficult for fans who make $30,000 a year to sympathize with a guy who doesn’t think $18 million is enough. Is he worth it? Maybe. Am I sick of hearing about athletes fighting and clawing for money they’ll never be able to spend? Yes.

  5. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 17, 2012 3:40 PM

    Jimmy wants Brees back asap. He looks at Drew as an older Russell Wilson. “He’s got that kind of talent.”.

  6. dublindemonszfl says: Apr 17, 2012 3:41 PM

    Drew wants someone to explain what Jimmy means.

  7. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 17, 2012 3:43 PM

    That’s the long and the short of it.

  8. Manbearpig says: Apr 17, 2012 3:45 PM

    2009 Super Bowl Champions – New Orleans Saints*

  9. fusion3450 says: Apr 17, 2012 3:52 PM

    jaymind04 says:
    Apr 17, 2012 3:40 PM
    I like the Saints less and less each day.
    ————–

    then quit coming to comment on stories about them

  10. fusion3450 says: Apr 17, 2012 3:54 PM

    Manbearpig says:
    Apr 17, 2012 3:45 PM
    2009 Super Bowl Champions – New Orleans Saints*

    —————-

    u really need to come up with something new dude. u say the same thing all the time. there was no cheating though. it was earned on the field and YOU KNOW IT! u just want to hate. until u can prove they cheated, go shove your ***********’s up your a**.

  11. dobberdubinsky says: Apr 17, 2012 3:55 PM

    * Team cheated to win Superbowl

  12. astrosfan75956 says: Apr 17, 2012 3:56 PM

    How could the Saints have any leverage after the bounty debacle. The ball is in Brees court if he wants to play somewhere else after this season.

  13. dobberdubinsky says: Apr 17, 2012 3:56 PM

    * Superbowl was won due to cheating

  14. r0b1b0y says: Apr 17, 2012 3:57 PM

    @Manbearpig that * is your lips kissin the Saints…..well you know what you like to kiss

  15. really2011 says: Apr 17, 2012 3:57 PM

    Manbearpig says:
    Apr 17, 2012 3:45 PM
    2009 Super Bowl Champions – New Orleans Saints*

    ————————————————-

    Funny! Having trouble finding the “*” on any offical sites.

  16. melikefootball says: Apr 17, 2012 3:59 PM

    Brees still can’t figure out why Payton’s gone.

  17. northshorejag says: Apr 17, 2012 3:59 PM

    needs: counseling to get over their Giant inferiority complex

  18. dmatt777 says: Apr 17, 2012 3:59 PM

    manbearpig
    Is your vocabulary so limited that an * next to our Super Bowl title ALL you can write,think, say?
    I’ve seen your same stupid post over and over again. Since that’s all you can muster up, what else is there to expect.
    Geez….

  19. granadafan says: Apr 17, 2012 3:59 PM

    The Saints are idiots for not paying Brees what he’s worth. The value of a starting QB, let alone one of the top QBs, in a QB driven league is enormous. If they lost Brees (yes, I know they tagged him), this year through a trade or next year, then they’d become the 2012 version of the Colts with no Andrew Luck in the college ranks.

  20. staugslugga says: Apr 17, 2012 3:59 PM

    Jaymind,

    Why do contract negotiations that happen to every team cause you to hate the saints?

    Not all saints fans make 30k per year.

    If you don’t like the NFL and its business model, then you can stop following and posting really dumb things.

  21. pbanach01 says: Apr 17, 2012 4:01 PM

    Get over it manbearpig. I am no Saints fan and do not think bounties are humane nor belong in the nfl but violent hits and collisions are part of the game. You would be a fool to think the Saints are the only team that has ever had some sort of system like this. That being said they are the one’s who got caught and did not heed the advice to stop. For this they are being crucified and an example is being made of them. Quit complaining and asking for an asterisk next to that season. Probably a disgruntled Vikings fan or something. BILLS NATION!

  22. footballgenius101 says: Apr 17, 2012 4:01 PM

    @jaymind04

    I understand your general sentiment. But think of it like, you could make $30/hr down the street with the full first year guaranteed, but your current boss said you’ll take $20/hr and if you don’t like it you can’t work anywhere else (even thought you’re old contract expired). And oh yeah, if you get injured, even on day 1, you get nothing.

    You may not like athletes holding out, but they don’t like not being able to shop their skills to the highest bidder, even though they are not under contract (aka Franchise Tag). It’s too weighted for the team and not enough for the player.

    Make the Franchise Tag pay the highest at that position from the previous season +10%, and make it guaranteed and players may feel different.

  23. zidanevalor says: Apr 17, 2012 4:02 PM

    I don’t know the full rules, but these current workouts are voluntary. So even though Brees is not allowed in the Saints facility until he signs, what is stopping the Saints receivers from flying to Drew Brees’s house and having their own practices?

  24. musicman495 says: Apr 17, 2012 4:07 PM

    Brees will be back together with the Saints without an *asterisk* when the suspensions are made and salary cap room is determined.

  25. cullenand99 says: Apr 17, 2012 4:12 PM

    @Manbearpig Oh gosh, thats one knee-slapper of a joke you got there. Did you think of that all by yourself? Or did you need some help.

  26. NationalFlagFootballLeague says: Apr 17, 2012 4:12 PM

    jaymind04 says: Apr 17, 2012 3:40 PM

    I like the Saints less and less each day. Although you can discuss “worth” and “value” in relation to other players’ salaries all you want, it’s difficult for fans who make $30,000 a year to sympathize with a guy who doesn’t think $18 million is enough. Is he worth it? Maybe. Am I sick of hearing about athletes fighting and clawing for money they’ll never be able to spend? Yes.

    ===============
    yea, because Brees is the first athlete to hold out.
    What an idiot!!

  27. vikingamericann says: Apr 17, 2012 4:15 PM

    Manbearpig | Apr 17, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT
    2009 Super Bowl Champions – New Orleans Saints*

    Manbearpigs testicles ==)
    **
    Super Bowls are won on the field

  28. trbowman says: Apr 17, 2012 4:18 PM

    No, really? I just assumed he’d rather be catching passes from Chase Daniel

  29. goodolebaghead says: Apr 17, 2012 4:23 PM

    Brees was busy in NY for NFLPA business. Signed or not, he would not have been there. BTW, this isn’t Brees holding out as much as Condon (his agent) trying to see how much he can get total.

  30. NationalFlagFootballLeague says: Apr 17, 2012 4:27 PM

    Manbearpig says: Apr 17, 2012 3:45 PM

    2009 Super Bowl Champions – New Orleans Saints*

    ========================
    The typical delusional Viking Fan
    no asterisk

  31. iamwhodat says: Apr 17, 2012 4:31 PM

    @jaymind04 if you dislike the Saints so much than maybe you should stop reading anything about the Saints.

    And can we kill it with all the moral crap. It’s football people, they are paid to hit each other. The Saints aren’t the 1st team to ever have a bounty on a player. You have to remember he coached in Tenn, Buf, Wash, and Jax before he came to the Saints. Other players have come out and said this is the norm around the league. So why are the media and fans making it such a huge deal? Maybe it’s b/c fans of other teams envy the Saints. A 6 year run of 63-33 1 Super Bowl, 2NFCCG’s, 4 playoff apperences, and every year the Saints had if not the best offense in the league at least top 5. I guess the bounties made the Saints that much better. Get Drew signed, and let’s get this season started b/c all this Saints bashing, moral crusading gotta be put to rest.

  32. 4thquartermagic says: Apr 17, 2012 4:31 PM

    What’s the holdup in these contract talks?

    Brees= Top 5 QB who dominates in the dome

    Saints – Payton – Brees = 4 win team.

    Leverage goes to Brees,

  33. nineroutsider says: Apr 17, 2012 4:36 PM

    @fusion3450 says: Apr 17, 2012 3:54 PM

    Manbearpig says:
    Apr 17, 2012 3:45 PM
    2009 Super Bowl Champions – New Orleans Saints*
    —————-
    u really need to come up with something new dude. u say the same thing all the time. there was no cheating though. it was earned on the field and YOU KNOW IT! u just want to hate. until u can prove they cheated, go shove your ***********’s up your a**.
    ————————-
    Hey genius – the whole point of his post is to piss of Saints fans and it seems to be working judging by the comments. What was the bounty program though if not cheating? Do explain.

  34. changsteinelgamal says: Apr 17, 2012 4:37 PM

    You are a regular Schefter, what with all the breaking news.
    Great TE wants his Great QB back ASAP.
    I think I could have told you that without talking to the guy.

  35. usmutts says: Apr 17, 2012 4:42 PM

    Just one opinion:

    Bree’s will not sign a long term contract, now that Payton is out. After this season is over, both Brees and Payton will be with the Dallas Cowboys.

  36. jemefree says: Apr 17, 2012 4:46 PM

    There is no bills nation There is only one nation Raider nation

  37. fusion3450 says: Apr 17, 2012 5:08 PM

    nineroutsider says:
    Apr 17, 2012 4:36 PM
    @fusion3450 says: Apr 17, 2012 3:54 PM

    Manbearpig says:
    Apr 17, 2012 3:45 PM
    2009 Super Bowl Champions – New Orleans Saints*
    —————-
    u really need to come up with something new dude. u say the same thing all the time. there was no cheating though. it was earned on the field and YOU KNOW IT! u just want to hate. until u can prove they cheated, go shove your ***********’s up your a**.
    ————————-
    Hey genius – the whole point of his post is to piss of Saints fans and it seems to be working judging by the comments. What was the bounty program though if not cheating? Do explain.

    ——–

    do you really believe it gave them an advantage on the field? seriously? i’m not saying it was right but it changed zero on the field. i mean damn, all i see is clean hits. the high-low on favre is the only possibility but watch it in full speed and see if if looks like they even see the other coming to do it on purpose. and his post gets to us because its the same thing every time with nothing to back it up.

  38. saintswillwin says: Apr 17, 2012 5:19 PM

    tombradyallday says:
    Apr 17, 2012 3:35 PM
    everything he said was true brees is the leader of the saints. but other teams did work out wasnt just the saints during lockout

    He didn’t say the Saints were the only team to have work outs!

    Comprehension is the key!

  39. dkeyser says: Apr 17, 2012 5:30 PM

    I heard on Sirius NFL radio that Brees and the Saints are roughly $2 mil apart on a deal.. I guess thats better than the $7 mil they were apart a few months ago…….

  40. demgoodoleboys says: Apr 17, 2012 5:40 PM

    Amen brother!!!!

  41. demgoodoleboys says: Apr 17, 2012 5:42 PM

    Really the cowboys……really dude!

  42. genericuser8888 says: Apr 17, 2012 5:45 PM

    I don’t know why this is a headline. You can substitute “Jimmy Graham” with any New Orleans personality and this would make sense.

    Saints fans want Drew Brees back “as soon as possible”

    Tom Benson wants Drew Brees back “as soon as possible”

    New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu wants Drew Brees back “as soon as possible”.

    Of course, I don’t mind Saints headlines cause I’m a Saints fans. If my team is bringing the clicks and ratings, it’s ok with me. But for everyone else, 3,000 Saints stories a day is probably getting a little old.

  43. nineroutsider says: Apr 17, 2012 5:55 PM

    @fusion3450

    I have said before that I didn’t feel it gave them an advantage on the field, which is the most important thing, so we agree there. Even regarding the high/low on Farve, it wasn’t intentional and the refs should have called it. However, it is still cheating, but only because it was against the rules and other teams aren’t supposed to it.

    The league is coming down on the Saints so harshly to get out in front of the public (and Congress) about safety in the game. Over the next decade this will be the most critical issue the league faces. Football is going to change unfortunately, hopefully they don’t go too far.

  44. turdfurguson2 says: Apr 17, 2012 6:18 PM

    2009 Super Bowl Champions – New Orleans Saints*

    *Saints used bounty system to gain unfair advantage over the rest of the league. While it may not have been the only bounty system in the league, it was the most aggressive one in the league.

  45. neauxgeaux44 says: Apr 17, 2012 6:50 PM

    The ignorance and jealousy of the Saints haters is staggering…..what a bunch of loser, bottom feeder fans from other teams…such a classy bunch….and the asterisk thing is so stupid….we won, the other teams lost….end of story….and, that will be the same case this year….sorry haters…stay classy, losers….KISS THE RING!!!! WHO

  46. whodatgirl1 says: Apr 17, 2012 8:05 PM

    They didn’t cheat. Rules were allegedly broken. You cannot say the same results wouldn’t have happened with the so-called bounties. The defense SCUKED when Gregg Williams was at the helm. If there were bounties, then they surely didn’t want the money that bad because the only people to get injured at Saints games were Saints players.

  47. dannersthemanners says: Apr 19, 2012 12:43 PM

    jaymind04 says:Apr 17, 2012 3:40 PM

    I like the Saints less and less each day. Although you can discuss “worth” and “value” in relation to other players’ salaries all you want, it’s difficult for fans who make $30,000 a year to sympathize with a guy who doesn’t think $18 million is enough. Is he worth it? Maybe. Am I sick of hearing about athletes fighting and clawing for money they’ll never be able to spend? Yes.

    ________________________________
    Jay,

    Fans that make 30k per year are probably only worth 30k per year, if that, based on a thing called “Fair Market Value” (I’m assuming you have no idea what that is). Fair market value means that based on where quantity demand meets quantity supplied a price is set. Since the demand for one of hte best QBs in the leage is “relatively high” and there are only a hand ful of them (supply is low), this leads to condition of a high price. Get over it or move to a country where they don’t allow capitalism.

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