With reports of Drew Brees voicing frustration over the lack of communication with the Saints, there are reports today that the New Orleans Saints are close to offering the All-Pro quarterback a new contract.
Pro Football Talk reports that a source close to negotiations, says the Saints were close to offering Brees a multi-year deal worth nearly $19 million per year.
Fox Sports reported that the source also said the star quarterback was demanding less than the $21 million-plus annual figures previously reported amid the slow-burning talks.
The source said the Saints' offer to the unsigned franchise player was more than the $18 million-per-year being widely cited and "possibly closer to $19 million."
The Saints and Brees have until July 16 to work out a multiyear deal, or Brees would face a choice of sitting out the season or playing under a one-year franchise-tag distinction for roughly $16 million.
Tight End Jimmy Graham still believes Brees will in New Orleans by training camp, "I'm pretty confident, at least I hope so. He's our leader and we want him here. I can't wait for him to get here."
"He's the quarterback; you want him here. You want him on the field leading us. More than our quarterback he is our leader. We are working hard without him and are getting better without him, and right now preparing for him to get here."
Asked if Graham talks to Brees daily or weekly, the Tight End said, "I talk to him a lot about everything but football. I talk to him about fishing, golf and flying. I know he has a lot on his mind and he's going through a lot right now. I just tell him that we all love him here and we are all anticipating him coming back. I let him know that we are working just as hard while he's not here, because we know that once he gets here it's going to come quick."
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