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Jahri Evans says players think Brees deal will “get done soon”

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For nearly a year, there’s been a sense that the Saints and quarterback Drew Brees will work out a long-term deal soon.  And for nearly a year “soon” hasn’t happened.

Now, Brees’ teammates are echoing the “soon” mantra.

“It’s definitely different,” Pro Bowl guard Jahri Evans said Thursday regarding the absence of Brees from Organized Teams Activities, via comments distributed by the team.  “I think this is the first time we’ve actually had practices without Drew here, but we all understand the nature of this business and believe it’s going to get done soon.”

Evans clearly prefers sooner to later.  “I think everybody wants him back here, but we also know nothing happens overnight,” Evans said.  “It’s just the nature of the business.  Negotiations are like a tennis match, back and forth, back and forth.  Drew’s a pro at what he does, he can study even if he’s  not here, and he knows what he needs to do to be ready to go, and will be ready to go.”

Even though Evans thinks it will be soon, he has no specific idea as to when soon may be.  “We just don’t know,” Evans said.  “It’s uncharted territory.  We know that when’s he’s here, we all are going to be ready to go.”

The key words are “ready to go.”  The Saints need to be “ready to go” from Week One, because they need to have the kind of regular season that will allow them not only to make it to the playoffs but also to host postseason games.  Otherwise, they’ll have a much harder time qualifying for the ultimate home game, which this year will be played in their home stadium.

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18 Responses to “Jahri Evans says players think Brees deal will “get done soon””
  1. butthatmakestoomuchsense says: May 24, 2012 4:34 PM

    Can’t wait for the first “Drew Brees demands an explanation” post.

  2. hey804 says: May 24, 2012 4:45 PM

    If you think you hate the Saints now, wait till we really start to run up the score this year. Eat a bag of $*%&s haters.

  3. pabillsfan says: May 24, 2012 4:46 PM

    Drew Brees demands an explanation

  4. 11jlacy says: May 24, 2012 4:54 PM

    The black n gold will be fine.

  5. rockthered1286 says: May 24, 2012 4:56 PM

    But Evans, Saints fans won’t accept your explanation without any evidence in front of their faces. They refuse to take you at your word.

    Show them the evidence!

  6. johnnytubetop says: May 24, 2012 4:59 PM

    I am a die hard Saints fan, but you’ve got to be kidding me if you think there’s a chance in hell the Saints will be playing in the Super Bowl this season. They fell short last year, and lost Nicks and some other key players in free agency this year. Plus, they didn’t have a draft pick until the 4th round. That alone would make the Super Bowl a tough sell. Add into that the suspensions, the lack of coaching staff, the Brees contract situation, all the drama, and I will be happy to see the Saints hit .500 this year. With their schedule, that doesn’t seem like too much to ask, but a serious playoff run is a major long shot.

  7. saintij says: May 24, 2012 5:26 PM

    I was thinking the other day that maybe this “the contract issue” is a planned event. Seeing as how Brees “is not” a Saint… he can talk to who ever he wants, even Sean Payton, and if he’s talking to Sean ….he wont sign until they have their plan for the season in place and ready to go ……. just a thought

    and its not against the leagues suspensions …right!!??

  8. robf2010 says: May 24, 2012 5:57 PM

    “I am a die hard Saints fan”

    Not even a nice try. Diehard Saints fans disagree on a few issues from time to time but I think we’ll all agree on this. You are NOT a Saints fan.

  9. ilovefoolsball says: May 24, 2012 6:00 PM

    CHASE DANIEL #1 STUNNA

  10. firedup1 says: May 24, 2012 6:03 PM

    Drew is tired of wanting and not getting an explanation.

  11. xxwhodatxx says: May 24, 2012 6:05 PM

    johnnytubetop says:
    May 24, 2012 4:59 PM
    I am a die hard Saints fan, but you’ve got to be kidding me if you think there’s a chance in hell the Saints will be playing in the Super Bowl this season. They fell short last year, and lost Nicks and some other key players in free agency this year. Plus, they didn’t have a draft pick until the 4th round. That alone would make the Super Bowl a tough sell. Add into that the suspensions, the lack of coaching staff, the Brees contract situation, all the drama, and I will be happy to see the Saints hit .500 this year. With their schedule, that doesn’t seem like too much to ask, but a serious playoff run is a major long shot.

     ——

    You’ve got some points but there is no way you are a DIE HARD Saints fan.

  12. slew55 says: May 24, 2012 6:28 PM

    “I am a die hard Saints fan” but, playoffs? Playoffs? I just hope…. (you know the rest).

  13. ilovefoolsball says: May 24, 2012 7:14 PM

    pabillsfan says:
    May 24, 2012 4:46 PM
    Drew Brees demands an explanation
    _____
    wow you have a lot of nerve saying that when you’re a Bills fan!
    You should be demanding an explanation why your team hasn’t been relevant in decades!

  14. 4thqtrsaint says: May 24, 2012 7:39 PM

    Ok… Lemme tell what a real whodat says…

    1. They will sign Brees. Now everybody can relax about that.
    2. We’ve been w/out Will Smith for 4 games before, so we can swing that.
    3. I love Vilma. LOVE me some 51. But Curtis Lofton is an upgrade.
    4. Pete Carmichael is Sean Payton’s equal at playcalling.
    5. Spags. If you don’t know, ask somebody.
    6. Sean Payton being gone is as good as him being there. Players may in fact play harder, just to make a statement. This is also true of the bounty deal. This all equals one big chip on a lot of big shoulders.
    7. Grubbs replaced Nicks. This is a small dropoff, but not enough to get any real Whodat upset. They couldn’t have found a better replacement.
    8. The rest of that offense, minus Meachem, is intact.
    9. If you’re worried about Meach being gone, google Nick Toon.
    10. The Saints have 3 new LBs, Lofton, Hawthorne & Chamberlin. They added a DT, Bunkley. That’s not an accident. Spags is at work.
    11. There are players previously drafted with injuries that should emerge. Martez Wilson & Greg Romeus. Get somebody to tell you.
    12. Their offense can win 8-9 games by itself. Spags will actually make their D better. If the D can win 2 games & the chip on the shoulder can win 1… 12-4.
    13. Vegas still has us at 12-4.

    Ladies and gentleweinies, the mind of a true Whodat.

    SUPABOW!!! At Home in Da Dome!!

  15. nolanorth says: May 24, 2012 7:46 PM

    johnnytubetop says:
    May 24, 2012 4:59 PM
    I am a die hard Saints fan, but you’ve got to be kidding me if you think there’s a chance in hell the Saints will be playing in the Super Bowl this season. They fell short last year, and lost Nicks and some other key players in free agency this year. Plus, they didn’t have a draft pick until the 4th round. …..

    Let me put my beads up your fleur-de-lis.. you’re not a fan at all with a post like that! We lost players but did extremely well in FA.

  16. totallydisgusted says: May 24, 2012 8:00 PM

    Its kind of embarrassing that not a lot of effort has been put into signing a guy that’s been instrumental in a whole franchises rebirth. Pay him! Give him a lifetime deal. Drew Brees should never have to leave New Orleans.

  17. vtopa says: May 24, 2012 11:18 PM

    Its good to be a Saints fan. First we got to be the darlings of America after Katrina. Then we were the hosted respected offense every during the Superbowl. Now we are totally hated by a bunch of fat, stupid, slobs, who sit around in their underwear dreaming of their team winning a Superbowl and acting like they actually KNOW something about the game other than what they are spoon fed by the color commentator on MNF.

  18. ikoikofinanay says: May 25, 2012 12:21 AM

    Hey johnnytubetop, you’re no “die hard Saints fan”. You would have known WE had 5 picks starting in the THIRD round not the fourth, chump.

    I love the doubters and haters. It just beefs up our fan base. The team is already preparing to play with a terrifying axe to grind. They won’t need much motivation this season. They have you chumps!

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