With voluntary workouts already underway and training camp just around the corner, Drew Brees has yet to sign a contract with the Saints for the 2012 season. As you know, the Saints have applied the franchise tag to their star quarterback. For obvious reasons, Brees has yet to sign the tender and doesn’t sound like he intends to. With each passing day, the Saints’ star quarterback is growing more and more irritated with the organization.
“It’s been extremely frustrating for me,” Brees said during an appearance on WWL radio in New Orleans Wednesday. “I don’t think the negotiations should have been this difficult. What’s been a little frustrating on my end, or disappointing, is the lack of communication. We’ve reached out on quite a few occasions and at times I know I’ve been frustrated with the lack of response.
“This is a big time for our team, especially when you look at what has happened this offseason. There should be a sense of urgency and it just seems like there’s not.”
That’s exactly the part that I don’t understand. The Saints should sign Brees to the long-term extension he’s looking for anyway, let alone under the current circumstances. New Orleans fans have lost their head coach and one of their best defensive players for the entire 2012 season. The punishment handed down to the team as a result of the bounty scandal was the heaviest in NFL history. Are the Saints really in a position to try to strong-arm the face of their franchise? With turmoil currently ripping through the organization, the Saints need to get this done as soon as possible. The team can hardly afford more drama heading into training camp.
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