Vitt: Brees deal ''is going to get done''
Drew Brees' contract remains unsettled with talks reportedly at a standstill. It looks as if any chance for a resolution before the team's organized team activities begin on May 22nd is slim to none.
"Obviously at this point, we haven't missed anything with him," Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. said. "The guys are in the weight room. Obviously we're going to miss the leadership he brings, but this is going to be an opportunity for Chase Daniel and Sean Canfield to get more reps, and for us to get a good look at those guys."
Brees' desire for a long-term deal is just another cloud hanging over the Saints this offseason. The fact that the savior of football in New Orleans hasn't been taken care of though is more disturbing than any coach, GM or player suspension.
The Saints do have until midnight on July 15th to sign Brees to a long term deal, but it would make a heck of a lot more sense to not have this be a distraction in training camp and throughout the offseason. July 16 is the deadline for players designated with franchise tags to be signed, and if Brees is forced to accept it he'll be paid $16.3 million next season.
How far apart are the two sides? No one outside the talks is really sure, but according to some reports Brees is seeking $21 million dollars a season. The Saints reportedly want to pay him in the neighborhood of $18 million to $19 million dollars a year.
Assistant coach Joe Vitt has assumed the role of head coach during Sean Payton's one year absence. A reporter asked him if he needs to talk with General Manager Mickey Loomis in regards to getting a deal done with Brees.
"I've never been a math major, and I'm not an accounting major... so there's nothing I could advise Mickey to do than what he already knows how to do," Vitt responded. "Those guys are both on the same page and have the same aspirations and same goals. This is going to get done. I don't think anybody ever thought it was going to be easy. I think they're both working to the same goal."
I dunno...I for one thought that it was going to be easy. Everyone knows how much Brees means to the team and to the city, so why can't they "dot the i's and cross the t's" on a long term deal that will keep the best QB in the NFL in black and gold for the rest of his career?
It's hard to imagine the franchise wanting to nickel and dime the guy who helped do something NOBODY thought would ever happen here...hoist the Lombardi trophy.
After talking to the coaching staff you get the sense that no one is panicking. Either these guys are the best poker players in the world, or they know that in the end #9 will get his deal.
"Obviously we want him in the building. We just have to go forward with what's here right now," Carmicheal said. "Obviously Drew and Mickey Loomis are going to get this worked out. We can't spend time worrying about it. We have to move forward. We're going to keep the same volume of what we're going to install and just go from there."
Vitt added with conviction, "The only thing that Drew has missed to this point right now is the conditioning program. When Drew reports, he's going to be the best conditioned athlete on our football team, so there has been no time lost."
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