Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 6/6/12

Yes, to anybody else who has that deja vu feeling, we’ve been here before — only the stakes have since raised.

On the same day Drew Brees skipped the start of mandatory minicamp, it’s being reported by ProFootballTalk.com that the Saints and their frustrated franchise player are closer in contract talks than previously thought.

Per PFT, which cites an anonymous source, the Saints are offering Brees a contract worth close to $19 million per year, with Brees believed to be seeking less than $21 million annually. Previous reports indicated the All-World quarterback’s demands were closer to $23 million, but that, apparently, is not the case.

However, this hardly guarantees an agreement is imminent. PFT suggests a game of “tug-o-war” is taking place, with both parties firmly entrenched in their positions and unwilling to budge. As with any drawn-out negotiation, neither side wants to cave, no matter the ramifications it will have on a team which has gone through hell and back this offseason.

Assuming this offer is indeed on the table, it’s not like Brees is being low-balled. Should he choose to accept, he’d become the second highest-paid QB in the NFL, behind only Peyton Manning ($19.2M/yr). While that probably wouldn’t be good enough in Lance Moore’s eyes, it certainly should be for Brees, who could put an end to all most of the madness with one stroke of the pen.

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