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Drew Brees growing increasingly upset with Saints over lack of extension

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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Drew Brees ‘speechless,’ Sean Payton ‘stunned’ over suspension

The punishments from the NFL to the Saints for running a bounty program were much harsher than anyone expected. Head coach Sean Payton was suspended a year, assistant coach Joe Vitt was suspended six games and fined $100,000, GM Mickey Loomis was fined $500,000 and suspended six games, and former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was suspended from the NFL indefinitely. The Saints were fined $500,000 and lost two second-round draft picks.

Quarterback Drew Brees, whose was questioned by Kyle Turley about his role in the program, was stunned by the punishment.

“I am speechless,” he tweeted Wednesday. “Sean Payton is a great man, coach, and mentor. The best there is. I need to hear an explanation for this punishment.”

Additionally, according to Pro Football Talk, Jay Glazer reported on NFL Network that Sean Payton was “stunned.” Glazer says Payton was expecting maybe a four-game suspension, and now he’ll be losing several million dollars after being suspended for the year.

To answer Brees’ question about an explanation, it sounds like the league was upset that the program went on for three years and that the team lied during the investigation. For being such “a great man,” Payton lied to the NFL to cover things up, and that is just one example of what he did wrong.

Saints GM Mickey Loomis reportedly arguing Drew Brees is very good, not great

Any complications the Saints have in agreeing to a contract extension with Drew Brees should be minor. When you step back and analyze the situation, you have to wonder what the holdup is. Brees is not exactly young (33), but he’s at the peak of his game. He’s coming off a 46-touchdown season, which was his fourth straight year over 30 touchdown passes. He also brought a Super Bowl to the city of New Orleans when they desperately needed it. Despite all that, Brees is reportedly facing the possibility of being franchise tagged. The Saints general manager is also rumored to be downplayng what he has done for the team.

According to Yahoo! Sports, three sources claim Saints GM Mickey Loomis tried to define Brees as a “very good” rather than a “great” quarterback when asked about his contract extension talks at the scouting combine last week. All three sources reportedly asked Loomis why it was taking so long to reach a deal, and that was part of his explanation.

The report also says that as of Thursday, Brees and the Saints were $5 million per year apart on a new deal. Aside from Loomis, there are very few people who would argue that Brees shouldn’t be asking for the same deal Tom Brady got from the Patriots last year, which was a four-year extension worth $72 million. They are the same age with very similar resumes. Brady has two more Super Bowls, but those came very early in his career. He and Brees have been among the league’s best for years.

When the Patriots were negotiating with Brady, there was momentary panic and people wondered what would happen if New England expected him to take another hometown discount. However, there was never any talk of the front office downplaying his ability as a negotiation tactic. In the end, Robert Kraft did the right thing. If Loomis feels as though Brees is simply a “very good” quarterback, Saints owner Tom Benson has to step in and make sure one of the best players in franchise history gets the treatment he deserves.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Is Drew Brees Still Underrated? Robert Meachem Thinks So

For quite some time, Drew Brees was an underrated NFL quarterback.  A few years ago all we ever heard about was Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.  Brady and Manning were in a class of their own with everyone else looking up at them.  Then, Brees won a Super Bowl.  He went on to be named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year and inserted himself into the elite quarterback discussion.  Last weekend, he set the all-time record for most passing yards in a season.  Despite all that, Robert Meachem still believes Brees deserves more recognition than he gets.

“I think so. I think he has a lot to offer, for any team,” Meachem said during an interview with ESPN Radio when asked if Brees is still underrated. “I think if he was on any team, he’d be doing the same things that he’s doing now. One thing … is what he does in the community as far as helping people rebuild homes and trying to give out toys during Christmastime. He’s just an all-around great guy.”

In all fairness, Meachem didn’t offer up that Brees is underrated — he was asked.  That being said, Brees is now officially included in the discussion with guys like Brady and Aaron Rodgers, as he should be.

With the way the NFL has become so pass-heavy over the last few years, there are a lot of guys blowing up the stat sheets and setting NFL records.  The fact that Brees has been near or at the top of all of those categories says enough.  At this point I’d be more willing to call him a Hall of Fame lock than an underrated player.

Darren Sharper Says He Would Take Drew Brees Over Brett Favre in the Clutch

It is no surprise to hear Darren Sharper say he would take former teammate Drew Brees over former teammate Brett Favre. Sharper played with Brees more recently and Brees is a much more well-liked NFL player than Favre.  However, the reason he gave is pretty entertaining.

“With the game on the line I would have to go with Mr. Drew Brees, because we’ve seen Brett — who I love to death — throw the ball up in the air when anyone can make a play on it, intercept it, at the end of games,” Sharper said on Sportscenter Tuesday according to Pro Football Talk. “If you want to come down to a two-minute drill where you need a play for your team to win, you go with one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the NFL, and that’s Drew Brees.”

That’s an even easier question for Sharper to answer fresh off of Brees’ record-breaking performance against the Falcons.  Still, it’s fun to continue to use Favre as a punching bag.  That makes two players this season who have said they prefer their current signal-caller to the Ole Gunslinger.  All Favre is a jackass jokes aside, I’d take Brees or Aaron Rodgers over him any day.

Drew Brees: Tim Tebow Stands for A Lot of Great Things

While Tim Tebow has been quickly become the greatest thing the media has experienced in recent history, he does not receive the same respect from many players across the NFL.  Players and analysts tend to think the way Tebow is performing is a fluke.  As Joe Theismann put it, we should all enjoy the circus while it’s in town because it can’t possibly last.  Brian Urlacher said Tebow is a “good running back” even after the Broncos beat the Bears.  However, fellow quarterback Drew Brees came to the defense of Tebow during a recent interview with Jim Rome.

“I think Tim Tebow stands for a lot of great things,” Brees said according to Kingofhowto.com. “I think he stands for leadership and inspiration and, you know, tireless work ethic and faith and belief. And those are all things that, as a young athlete, you would like to instill.

“You look at the way he’s helped his team win; I mean it’s definitely been a team effort, but certainly he’s come through in the clutch many times this year. That’s exciting to watch.”

As far as commending Tebow for his faith and belief, Brees seems to be a part of the minority.  There are some players who believe Tebow’s success has been the work of god and think Timmy is blessed, but for the most part we see people like Jake Plummer who want Tebow to keep it to himself and tone down the religious talk.  Everyone in 2011 has an opinion on Tim Tebow.  File Drew Brees’ under the “positive” category.

Drew Brees Takes His Talents to Sesame Street (Video)

Saints quarterback Drew Brees taped a segment for Sesame Street before the season, and it will air on PBS Thursday. LBS being the special bros with all the inside hookups (read: we saw the video on YouTube), got a sneak peek at the video. There isn’t much to say, except at least it’s better than Amare Stoudemire’s appearance on the children’s show.

Here it is: