In May, Saints quarterback Drew Brees complained that the team wasn’t demonstrating a sufficient sense of urgency in contract talks. Now, the shoe is on the other foot.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Brees’ camp still hasn’t responded to the last offer the team made, way back on June 1.
It’s widely believed that offer would pay Brees more than $19.2 million per year, making him the highest-paid player in NFL history. (We’d hate to see how much the Saints would have offered if they weren’t sticking it to Brees for his involvement in last year’s CBA talks.)
Meanwhile, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that Brees won’t report for training camp without a long-term deal in place by the July 16 deadline, which applies to players who have been hit with the franchise tag. (The same source who said that Brees hasn’t responded to the June 1 offer also said that the Saints didn’t know about Brees’ intention to hold out of training camp until it was reported by ESPN.)
Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Three-Times-Per-Week-Picayune joined PFT Live earlier today to talk about the Brees situation and other Saints-related topics. These new developments could diminish the optimism that a new deal will get done at some point in the next six days.This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!