jvarneytp James Varney
"It's going to be worked out. I assure you that Drew Brees will be playing here." Tom Benson
The comments were made at an event inducting Duece McAlister and Tom Benson for the Saints Hall of Fame.
Yet, the deal is not done and Drew Brees is frustrated and the Who Dat Nation is getting frustrated because the quarterback hasn't yet accepted a Saints contract offer.
Brees has been waiting all offseason to get a long-term contract done, and he is getting sick of waiting. He says he has a plan if he doesn't the long-term contract, but he wouldn't disclose his plan.
Why hasn't the two sides agreed to a deal?
For one thing, Saints GM Mickey Loomis is a very strong-willed negotiator, just like Brees' agent Tom Condon. So is Brees.
Loomis has the reputation of signing players like this: "Here's what we think you're worth to our team. Take it or leave it."
Brees believes he should get paid more than Tom Brady or Peyton Manning because so far he has out-performed them. Also, Brees said he honored his six-year, $10 million a year contract, and it's now time to get paid his worth. He knows he out-performed his contract.
Ten million a year is what middle-of-the road quarterbacks make, not franchise faces and Super Bowl MVPs. Brees has put out the best numbers in the NFL during his six-year commitment, and it's time for him to be rewarded.
Archie Manning was a holdout about signing his first contract until owner John Mecom Jr., got emotional, and came to training camp at Hattiesburg and signed Manning.
The way I see it, Tom Benson will get emotional sometime before the middle of August and push to get the deal done.
So, I believe Brees is going to be the team leader this season despite all the pain along the way.
Saints suspended linebqacker Jon Vilma is suing NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for defamation. I look for GM Mickey Loomis to file a defamation suit against ESPN soon.
It's Vilma vs.Godell, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, the federal court that encompasses New Orleans,
The lawsuit appears to be a mechanism forcing the NFL to put the evidence against Vilma on the table. Since truth is an absolute defense to any defamation claim, Goodell can vindicate himself by offering up proof to support the statements he has made.
I've seen the "bounty hits on television being shown, and the highlights film of any other team offers the same amount of violence.
Some hither, others yon: Ex Saints RB Reggie Bush has set some lofty goals for this season: "I want the rushing title. This offseason, I've been working towards that goal. Every time I rush the ball I want four yards."...Ex John Curtis standout Joe McKnight, now a Jets RB, has gained 16 pounds by eating at McDonald's. The Jets might want to change the name of their offense to "Round and Pound."...Ex Giants great Lawrence Taylor is auctioning off his Super Bowl XXV ring...
The Packers are going to wait a year of two before retiring Brett Favre's jersey when it's more meaningful...Here are CBSsports.com's Clark Judge's all-time 10 greatest QBs in NFL history: 1) Johnny Unitas; 2) Otto Graham 3) Joe Montana 4) John Elway 5) Tom Brody 6) Sammy Baugh 7) Roger Staubach 8) Bart Starr 9) Peyton Manning 10) Terry Bradshaw...Parting thought: "They told me I had type-A blood, but that was just a typo."...
ACCORDING to Forbes,the Patriots' Bill Belichick is the highest-paid coach at $7.5 million per year.Suspended Saints coach Sean Payton makes $7 million, but wasn't included on the list. The top 10:
1. Bill Belichick, Patriots, $7.5 million.
2. Mike Shanahan, Redskins, $7 million
3. Doc Rivers, Celtics, $7
4. Jeff Fisher, Rams, $7
5. Pete Carroll, Seahawks, $7
6. Gregg Popovich, Spurs, $6
7. Lovie Smith, Bears, $6
8. Ken Whisenhunt, Cardinals, $5.75
9. Mike Tomlin, Steelers, $5.75
10. Andy Reid, Eagles $5.5.
by Ed Staton