New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson having issues with franchise players

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June 29, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Hornets owner Tom Benson with first round selections Austin Rivers and Anthony Davis during a press conference at the New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Of course the one franchise player that everyone immediately thinks of with New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson is quarterback Drew Brees.  As if those contract woes aren’t enough right now, Benson is having to deal with another franchise player for the other team he owns.

The battle to sign Brees has waged ever since the start of free agency.  Empty promises of his signing being “imminent” or “by this weekend, Monday at the latest” has driven Saints fans up the wall.

Benson has kept a calm demeanor throughout the process as the team and Brees struggle to find the money in their depleted salary cap, just above $2 million, to pay the heaven sent quarterback.

If he thought this was tricky, Benson is now having to see how he will approach the recent scuttlebutt created by another of his franchise players for a team he recently bought from the NBA, the New Orleans Hornets.

Guard Eric Gordon managed to kill the NBA Draft buzz somewhat that started with the Hornets selecting Anthony “The Brow” Davis and Austin Rivers.  Hornet fans salivated at the thought of having all three revive the franchise much like what occurred with the Saints.

However, Gordon paid several visits to other NBA teams and ended up signing a four-year, $58 million offer sheet from the Phoenix Suns.  Some chalked it up to him testing the market but what Gordon said after signing the offer caused a buzz in the Hornet’s Hive.

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