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May 24, 2012; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael watches quarterbacks Chase Daniel (10) and Sean Canfield during organized team activities at the team

Chase Daniel is running the offense, and interim head coach Joe Vitt is running  the whole team.

Yes, this off season has begun differently than any other for the New Orleans Saints since the 2006 season.

No Sean Payton, and no Drew Brees — but work is getting done.

Pundits have declared the Saints upcoming 2012 NFL season as a loss before it ever even starts.

Payton, the architect of the New Orleans potent offense, has been barred from contact with the team on any level, his penalty for alleged involvement, and the subsequent “cover-up” of, Gregg Williams bounty program.

Brees remains M.I.A. as he awaits a new long term deal that will keep him with the Saints for the rest of his professional football career.

New Orleans tagged Drew, but he wants nothing to do with becoming a franchise player for the the second time since entering the league in 2001.

In 2005 Brees played under the franchise tag as the starting quarterback for the San Diego Chargers.

In the last game of the regular season he would tear his labrum while trying to pick up his own fumble.

The injury was in his throwing shoulder and was considered to be of the career ending nature.

However Brees underwent successful surgery to repair the tear and he would completely heal, but not before it led to a low-ball offer from the Chargers that eventually forced him onto the free agent market and into the waiting arms of the New Orleans Saints.

Brees doesn’t want to go down this path again, and thus the contract stalemate continues between both sides.

Over the last few days a slow buzz is beginning to come out of the Saints Metairie practice facility as the players tentatively have let is slip that they feel Brees’ new deal is nearly complete.

Whether or not that is the truth remains to be seen, but getting Brees back in the facility would be a huge boost to a teams that has faced immense adversity over the last several months.

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  • larryjames836

    Hopefully Mickey Loomis and Tom Benson have a little mercy on Drew Brees I know right now they are watching Chase Daniel. Don’t give a person to much time in your position because sooner are later you want have a position the Saints organization seen something in Chase Daniel they bought him back. I hope both sides can come up with a solution because time is running out and Chase Daniel are giving 100% to the team he really want to be Saints number 1 quarterback. Drew Brees don’t give the fans to much of Chase Daniel to look at because they might see some of Brees in Chase Daniel and decide to run with him so don’t stay out to long this giving Chase Daniel to much time. All teams don’t have a good offensive line this what makes a quarterback look good I’m hoping Brees help the both sides to come up with a solution before game time.

  • JamesMorse

    …@ this juncture, I’m not sure what 2 think regarding who’s the most responsible (or, more certainly, irresponsible) 4 the dropped~balls, stymied contract negotiations (or lack thereof) Is it the Brees~camp, or the Saints~brass? Fact is, we REALLY don’t know. Over the last week, I’ve wrestled w/ myself about who’s 2 blame 4 this stalemate. Is Brees & Condon’s asking price that over the top? R the Saints being absolute morons? Is Brees just another greedy superstar? R the Saints reversing 2 their old, cheap ways?… Who da’ Hell knows. Brees said that he wanted 2 work w/ the team so his contract would b friendly enough 2 retain key-guys & sign F.As.. Well, DAT’ went out the window real quick! We hear the Saints offered #9 a few different offers, starting w/ an 18M+ deal that was turned down by Breesus’ prior 2 the start of last season. Why turn down THAT kind of bread? Ego? Delusions of even grander things than mountains of cash? Strange. I.m.o., Drew freaking Brees took a HUGE gamble playing out the final year of his contract w/o taking the generous extension that would have guaranteed him the security 1 needs 2 balance the risks of playing a dangerous game. (Yes, that’s right, a game. A frigging’ GAME!!!) Brees though, is a different breed of cat. Not just different, as in, the superficial way that most would think. More intangibly so, like an alien species on a different planet, in a different solar system, all of which orbits around a different galaxy.

  • JamesMorse

    …@ this juncture, I’m not sure what 2 think regarding who’s the most responsible (or, more certainly, irresponsible) 4 the balls-dropped & stymied contract negotiations (or lack thereof) of a particularly talented fellow that some folks might recognize by his given name: Drew Brees…. Is the Brees~camp @ fault; r they 2 blame 4 being, dare I say, a tad greedy? R the Saints~brass now purposefully dragging their feet while displaying a holier-than-thou stance, quietly screaming “*We run dis’ sh#t. Like a BOSS!*”? The fact is, we REALLY don’t know what the facts r. Over the last week, I’ve wrestled w/ myself about who/what is causing this stalemate. Is Brees & Condon’s asking price really that over the top? R the Saints so numb w/ scandal that they’re now becoming oblivious 2 damage, so much so that hurting the franchise & its fans further aren’t even an afterthought? Who r the absolute morons here?! Drew? Condon? Loomis, Benson? All of the above? Sheesh’!… Is Brees just another greedy superstar? R the Saints suddenly reversing their 6-years worth of positive upswing, all b/c the Black&Gold kitchen is approaching Hell-like temps.? Is Brees upset & frustrated enough, now having 2 endure the embarrassment of being affiliated w/ a scandalous & tainted team, that he & his savvy agent no longer give 2-shites about ‘team concept’ & believe they’re worth all the tea in China b/c theyold, cheap ways?… Who da’ Hell knows. Brees said that he wanted 2 work w/ the team so his contract would b friendly enough 2 retain key-guys & sign F.As.. Well, DAT’ went out the window real quick! We hear the Saints offered #9 a few different offers, starting w/ an 18M+ deal that was turned down by Breesus’ prior 2 the start of last season. Why turn down THAT kind of bread? Ego? Delusions of even grander things than mountains of cash? Strange. I.m.o., Drew freaking Brees took a HUGE gamble playing out the final year of his contract w/o taking the generous extension that would have guaranteed him the security 1 needs 2 balance the risks of playing a dangerous game. (Yes, that’s right, a game. A frigging’ GAME!!!) Brees though, is a different breed of cat. Not just different, as in, the superficial way that most would think. More intangibly so, like an alien species on a different planet, in a different solar system, all of which orbits around a different galaxy.

  • JamesMorse

    …@ this juncture, I’m not sure what 2 think regarding who’s more responsible (or, most certainly, irresponsible) 4 these balls-dropped, stymied, contract negotiations (or lack thereof) of a particularly talented fellow that some folks might recognize by his given name: Drew Brees…. Is the Brees~camp @ fault? Is the Drew~Krewe being, dare I say, a tad bit greedy? R the Saints~brass now purposefully dragging their feet while displaying a holier-than-thou stance, quietly screaming “*We run dis’ sh#t. Like a Boss.*”? The facts r, that we REALLY don’t know what the facts r. Over the last fortnight I’ve wrestled w/ my thoughts about why &/or what & who (all I think, I.d.k.) is causing this stalemate. Is Brees & Condon’s asking price really that over the top? R the Saints so numbed by the hardcore penalties that they’ve been injected w/, that they’re now oblivious robots; thick skinned & impervious 2 damage? Toughened, like a $2.00-steak, so much so that hurting the franchise & its fans further aren’t even an afterthought? Who r the absolute morons here?! Drew? Condon? Loomis, Benson? All of the above? Sheesh’!… Is Brees just another greedy superstar? R the Saints suddenly stuck in N. & trying their damnedest 2 jam N.O. in reverse after 6-years worth of positive upswing, all b/c the Black&Gold kitchen is approaching Hell-like temps.? Is Brees upset & frustrated enough w/ having 2 endure the embarrassment of being affiliated w/ a scandalously tainted team, that he & his savvy agent could give 2-shites about the ‘team concept’? If so, & quite plausible from where I’m standing, then Condon is pushing the envelope 2 make his case that a squeaky~clean Brees is worth all the tea in China. Make NO mistake, the Saints r sitting @ the table w/ only a couple of low-dollar chips & another piss~poor hand. 2 consider themselves winners, the Saints have 2 bluff, but would b wise 2 fold. Drew & Co. can’t lose. I do believe Brees should intervene & spare the Saints a total kill-shot, but I doubt Condon will allow that…. Has Benson spent so many mega-millions lately that he reverts back 2 his old & shallow pocketed ways of treating his flagship franchise’s star players like bastard redheaded step-children? I hope 2 Hell not! Time has healed all wounds when it comes 2 good/great Saints players that came & then left under less than deserving circumstances, 2 put it mildly. If Brees, in his prime, gets sent packing, that’s a cut that will always bleed profusely. Must NOT happen! Benson said Brees would remain a Saint. He had better keep his word! So help us all…. My main beef w/ #9 is that he said he would work w/ the team so his contract would b friendly enough 2 retain key-guys & sign F.As.. Well, DAT’ went out the window real quick! We hear the Saints offered D.B. a few different long-term contracts, starting w/ an 18M+/yr. deal that was turned down by Breesus’ prior 2 the start of last season. Why turn down THAT kind of bread? Ego? Delusions of even grander things than mountains of cash? Strange. I mean, a player of Drew’s stature will make MORE $$$ through endorsements over the life of WHATEVER contract he signs, than the actual contract will pay out 2 him! J.H.C.!!!!!!!!! I.m.o., Drew freaking Brees took a HUGE gamble playing out the final year of his contract w/o taking the generous extension that would have guaranteed him the security 1 needs 2 balance the risks of playing a dangerous game. (Yes, that’s right, a game. A frigging’ GAME!!!) Brees though, is a different breed of cat. Not just different, as in, the superficial way that most would think. More intangibly so, like an alien species on a different planet, in a different solar system, all of which orbit around a different galaxy. In his neck of the Universe, a small percentage of exceptional Q.Bs. r created. They don’t grow on Trees. Throughout almost a half a century of our beloved Saints, Drew #9 Brees is the ONLY truly elite signal~caller we’ve ever had. Period! He fulfilled his contract & crushed the record books in2 dust. C’mon Loomis! C’mon Benson! GET DREW BREES SIGNED!!!!!!!!!

    ***WHO-DAT’?!!!***

  • LI Saint

     @JamesMorse Slow Down James….take a deep breath….the Saints will be alright. What all of us as fans have to realize is that we cannot mortgage the future for one player (and Brees has to realize this more than anyone else also). Mickey Loomis probably realizes this more than anyone. Colston’s big money kicks in next year. Several players have restructured this year to make salary cap space. Jimmy Graham is in the last year of his deal and will have to be paid accordingly to keep him in the black and gold. Sure, the Saints could cave into the Brees demands but what would that do as far as the future is concerned? Loomis and Payton have changed the culture (to a winning frame of mind) in the organization and that has to be maintained for us to be in contention year in and year out. This may sound harsh, but my opinion of Drew has changed since he adopted this hard line stance on negotiations. The perception (to me at least) is that he has turned into somewhat of a primadonna to the detriment of the rest of the team. What he is asking is really greedy as far as the rest of the team is concerned. Give him what he wants and watch what happens to the team next year in the draft and with the Graham contract when there is no salary cap space. If it has to be Chase this year, it has to be Chase. We need to get on board with that and back our beloved Black and Gold 100%   

  • JamesMorse

    @LI Saint …I hear U. I’m looking @ this from all angles. I wish the stalemate info. was public so I could pick a clear side. Regardless, there won’t b any playoff-run w/o #9.