Earlier this week, Drew Brees made no secret about his unhappiness with the pace of negotiations on a new contract with the Saints.
Brees made a strong case that the Saints are dragging their feet during a radio interview on Wednesday, saying that his camp has reached out several times without a response from the Saints. He said that the negotiations should not have been that difficult given both sides’ desire to stay together.
“This is a big time for our team, especially when you look at what’s happened in this offseason, missing our head coach, Sean Payton,” Brees said. “There should be a sense of urgency and yet it seems like there’s not.”
A response came Friday from Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis. At an event celebrating the induction of team owner Tom Benson and former running back Deuce McAllister into the team’s Hall of Fame, Loomis said that he has no problem with Brees stating publicly that he’s frustrated with the state of things at present. According to WWL-TV, Loomis also said that this is the most important contract he’s ever negotiated and that the deal will get done.
“Drew loves the Saints and we love Drew,” Loomis said.
Benson echoed Loomis’ sentiment that a deal will get done. There’s not much new here from the Saints, who have made repeated declarations that they will sign Brees to a long-term deal this offseason. Those declarations don’t do much to change the fact that it has been more than a month since Benson claimed the two sides were close to an agreement, a statement that has been proven to be an exaggeration at the very least.