If you’ve found yourself asking what the latest is on the Saints and a Drew Brees contract extension, then the answer you’re searching for is nothing.
Head coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis spoke with the media to kick off The Greenbrier training camp festivities on Wednesday. Loomis publicly stated, “We haven’t made any progress,” when asked about the 38-year-old quarterback’s future.
Loomis, who didn’t have a positive tone to his responses, added that he was available anytime they (Tom Condon and company) want to talk. That’s not exactly encouraging news for fans, as Drew Brees recently said there haven’t been any talks in three months. Brees has said that he doesn’t wish to talk about his contract once the season starts, which would seemingly put a countdown on the Saints to get an extension done.
However, does that mean that Brees will completely shut down contract talk? Hardly. Plenty of players have solved contract issues during the course of the 17-week season, and it’s hard to imagine that the past ten seasons haven’t exactly warranted a special audience for Drew Brees to take care of his future.
The Saints could face a reality of losing Drew Brees to free agency next March, because there’s a slim to none chance of them using their franchise tag at an estimated $43 million to keep him around for 2017. The team already has some $127 million tied up in next year’s salary cap, and will also have priority free agents like Max Unger and Kenny Vaccaro to sign. Naturally, they will also have to make a big decision on Jairus Byrd.
At this point, a lot can happen between now and the some 46 days left until the regular season starts. Unfortunately, things don’t exactly look too good for the future of Drew Brees in New Orleans right now.