New Orleans Saints-Drew Brees talks down to the wire, endzone or fumble?
  // Tuesday, 12 June 2012 07:45 //

saints-seahawks1Where are the New Orleans Saints’ contract talks with Drew Brees going, anyway?
Perhaps down to the wire. Hopefully the end zone.  My gosh, if there is a fumble.

Down to the wire is the take of one pundit, Andrew Brandt of ESPN who suggests things are not as hunky dory as we all hope to believe but that ultimately the Saints star quarterback will pen the contract, right at the nick of time.

Says, Brandt:
“The fact these negotiations have taken so long may indicate there's some tension in the positions adopted.
I sense Loomis has tried to keep Brees in the $19 million APY range that Manning received with the Broncos, as well as similar cash flow over the first two or three years, while Condon is anchored at more than $20 million per year, although it's not clear how far over that number.
Deadlines spur action, and the deadline in this case, due to tag requirements, is July 16. I expect the deal to be done between July 10-15 with a $20 million APY, between $50 million and $52 million guaranteed and $60 million to $62 million over the first three years.”

Longtime NFL talent detective and WWL AM football expert Mike Detillier has observed most of the Saints workouts this summer, so I wanted his opinion of Saints third-round draft choice Akiem Hicks.

"He passes the eyeball test," laughed Detillier. "He's really pieced together physically (6-foot-4 1/2, 320). He has the movement and get-up-the-field ability of a much smaller athlete. He is rough around the edges. A technician told me he has been working hard on upgrading his quickness off the snap and also moving up his feet better on impact."

Detellier said Hicks told him he was working hard on upgrading his footwork and his over-all leverage skills so he can beat an opponent quicker off the snap of the ball and also moving his feet better on impact.

Akiem told Detillier he had a tendency at times to stop moving his feet, but that will get better when he puts the pads on. He said he likes the aggressiveness in pro- football, and that in college in Canada he had to line up a yard behind the line of scrimmage. Here he can line up nose to nose with the guard or center and which could benefit due to his speed, strength and quickness."

The Saints resume OTAs on Wednesday.

Whom do you think will give the most--Brees or Loomis?  Talk about it below


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