While discussion surrounding BountyGate and the like is in overdrive, negotiations between the New Orleans Saints and its record-setting quarterback remain stuck in neutral.
Citing a source, NFL Network’s Steve Wyche reported Thursday that the Saints and Drew Brees have held “no conversations” regarding a new contract, and the urgency to get a deal done seemingly has “stalled.”
Brees, the team’s franchise player, has said he will not sign nor play under the one-year tender, hinting at a possible holdout earlier in the offseason.
Though owner Tom Benson and GM Mickey Loomis have made it a priority to get Brees locked up, it doesn’t appear as if it will happen before training camp, which is when things could really get messy.
Aside from a football standpoint, the pressure is on to work out an agreement, if only to save a little face during an otherwise disastrous last few months for the organization. The longer this drags out, the uglier it looks for all parties involved.