GLENDALE AZ - OCTOBER 10: Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints warms up on the sidelines during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 10 2010 in Glendale Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Saints 30-20. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Drew Brees
Things are quiet. A little too quiet, if you know what I mean.
I'm referring to the Drew Brees contract talks. It's been a little while since we've heard anything from the Saints or the league's best quarterback regarding a potential long-term contract. But I can't figure out whether that's a good thing or a bad thing.
One on hand, it could be good. I've noticed more than a few people actually believe that both parties have already worked out an agreement, but are simply waiting for the NFL's Bountygate sanctions to be meted out this week before making the announcement. Nothing dulls the sting of fines, suspensions and the loss of draft picks like a brilliantly timed announcement that your franchise player won't ever be leaving.
On the other hand, it could mean that nothing has been happening, just as we feared. Mickey Loomis and Tom Condon, Brees' agent, could have both been waiting to see what kind of contract Condon's other client, Peyton Manning, would fetch from Denver before sitting down at the negotiating table.
I think we can all agree on this, however: something better be happening soon. Because Manning's contract is done and Bountygate penalties are due any minute now. At that point, there will be no more excuses or reasons for the Saints not to get a deal done with Drew Brees. Pay the man.