Monday, 14 May 2012 09:34
Will Drew Brees Put Bounty On New Orleans Saints?
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Brees-panthersLatest news on Drew Brees-New Orleans Saints contract is the talks are going nowhere.

His contract remains unsettled with talks stalled and a chance for resolution before the teams' May 22 organized team activities are "practically zero," according to The Times Picayune. 

Latest news on Drew Brees-New Orleans Saints contract is the talks are going nowhere.

His contract remains unsettled with talks stalled and a chance for resolution before the teams' May 22 organized team activities are "practically zero," according to The Times Picayune. 

Brees-panthersOne source close to the situation has reported neither side "has picked up the phone for more than a month to resuscitate talks."

Brees' pursuit of a long-term deal is another dark cloud hanging over the Saints.

The Saints are offering $18 million to $19 million per year, while the quarterback and face of the franchise is seeking 
$21 million. Peyton Manning will make $19.2 million with the Broncos this season, the richest deal in NFL history.

The Saints have placed a franchise tag on Brees, which made him livid. Under franchise tag rules, Brees will be paid $16.3 million.

If Brees was an unrestricted free agent, he would command $20 million. 

Plenty of folk have said,  "so what" about Brees holding out. They believe sooner or later will be done. It will, but this contract should have been settled after last season.

Is Brees ready to put a bounty on the Saints?

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RIP: Frank Wills, 53, former Tulane athlete and major-league pitcher, was found dead Friday in his apartment in New Orleans. Wills was a standout in football, basketball and baseball at De La Salle. He was a punter for the Tulane football team and an ace pitcher on the baseball team. He was picked in the first round of the 1983 draft by the Kansas City Royals. He also pitched for the Mariners, Indians and Blue Jays. Funeral arrangements have not been set.

Kansas City optioned  former LSU pitcher Louis Coleman to AAA Omaha on Saturday to make room on the roster for the return of Felipe Paulino. Coleman had given up one hit over 12 scoreless innings this season...

Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  


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