With training camp a month away, Saints quarterback Drew Brees still hasn’t signed the exclusive-rights franchise tender and still hasn’t signed a long-term contract extension either. But Brees doesn’t sound overly concerned.
Brees said on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike in the Morning that he and the Saints are engaged in “ongoing discussions,” and that he believes a deal will be reached.
“I’ve always said, you’d think this process should be a lot more simple than it is,” Brees said. “It just always seems to be complicated. But I’m still very confident we’ll get a long-term deal done, and hopefully that’ll happen sooner than later. I’m very aware of where the Saints are at and certainly where I’m at. All of the discussions that take place are between my agent Tom Condon and Mickey Loomis, the general manager for the Saints. But obviously I know exactly what’s going on.”
From all indications, the Saints and Brees are not particularly far apart on the financial details of the long-term extension that both sides say they want to reach. But that’s been the case for a while now, and a deal still hasn’t been done. The Saints have had about as bad an offseason as any NFL team has ever had, and the one thing that could make it even worse is for Brees not to be there when training camp starts. This is a deal they need to get done. Brees sounds confident that they will.