NEW ORLEANS - Drew Brees in an interview with WWL Radio in New Orleans expressed frustration with the direction and lack of communication with the team in working out a long term contract for the Saints All-Pro quarterback.
"It's been extremely frustrating for me," Brees said. "I don't think the negotiations should have been this difficult."
"What's been a little frustrating on my end, or disappointing, is the lack of communication. We've reached out on quite a few occasions and at times I know I've been frustrated with the lack of response."
Without a contract signed, the Saints run the risk of Brees missing minicamp and training camp if he does not reach a long-term extension.
"If that means missing OTAs, minicamp, training camp, I will be as ready as can possibly be. There's no way you can simulate those things anywhere else other than being on the field with your team, but I have a plan, so I'll execute that plan as I need to."
Currently the Saints have two quarterbacks on the roster, Chase Daniels and Sean Canfield. Earlier this week interim head coach Joe Vitt hinted the Saints may add another quarterback to the roster. Vitt said, "yes, we looked at a couple more. Potentially we could."
Brees made it clear in the interview that he wants to end his career in New Orleans and will be ready to go as soon as he signs a contact extension, which he believes he has earned with his performance on the field.
"I think there's certainly what I think would be an appropriate, I guess, number for my situation," Brees said. "It's not I think anything that's unreasonable or anything like that. I'd say there's a lot that goes into these negotiations ... it's not as simple as what people might think. There are a lot of things to consider, a lot to talk about."
With the Saints experiencing a bizarre offseason of suspensions, fines, the loss of draft picks and the Bountygate cloud still hanging over the team, Brees said it was more important than ever to get him back on the field and it should be a top priority.
"This is a big time for our team, especially when you look at what has happened this offseason," he said. "There should be a sense of urgency and it just seems like there's not."
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