Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/12/12

NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 26: Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints during pregame before playing the Atlanta Falcons at the Louisiana Superdome on September 26, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Quarterback Drew Brees said he's "optimistic" a deal can be reached with the Saints before Monday's deadline for players given franchise tags to sign multi-year contracts. "I'm an eternal optimist, so I'm still very confident a deal will get done by Monday," Brees said at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday night, per the Times-Picayune. "I think I've been around this league long enough to understand how this works at times. In a lot of cases, it does go down to the wire, and you need a stopping point in order to bring everyone together and make sure it can get done. That stopping point is Monday, so let's hope we get something done by then." Brees plans to sit out training camp if a multi-year deal isn't reached, and the sides are believed to be about $10 million apart in guaranteed money, according to the paper. Brees was given the Saints' exclusive rights free agent tender in March, kicking off more than three months of sometimes tense talks. Brees faces the July 16 deadline -...
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