By Eric Schmidt

The New Orleans Saints and QB Drew Brees are no closer to reaching a long term deal according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Saints placed the franchise tag on Brees prior to the start of free agency and despite talk from the Saints front office, the two sides have not reached an agreement on a new deal. Brees has stated that he doesn’t plan on signing the tender offer from the New Orleans Saints.

This current contract situation is just another in a long line of distractions the Saints have faced this off-season. The Saints have been unable to reach an agreement with the record-setting quarterback but the New Orleans owner has been able to purchase the New Orleans Hornets basketball franchise in the offseason.

There is the very real possibility that Brees could holdout throughout training camp and all of the preseason. That would not be beneficial for the Saints as they look to return to some sense of stability heading into the 2012 season.

Both sides in this impasse have stated they are close to getting a deal done. If that is indeed the case, they should simply get it done. The Saints don’t need any more distractions.






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