NEW ORLEANS (NFL) – The New Orleans Saints began their voluntary offseason workouts Monday under unusual conditions — circumstances that were not solely limited to the fallout from their “bounty” scandal.
Saints quarterback — and unquestioned team leader — Drew Brees was noticeably absent from the day’s workouts, as the franchised signal-caller continues to engage in a contract dispute with the team. 1 Saint, whose achievement is particularly tied to Brees’ presence on the field, mentioned Tuesday adequate is sufficient, it’s time the team signed Brees to a lengthy-term deal.
“I believe it’s extremely important,” tight end Jimmy Graham told AM-870, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “I can keep in mind last year, during the lockout, other teams, they didn’t get with each other. Drew orchestrated and paid for a lot of the younger guys and even got me a place to remain and said, ‘Jimmy, I want you here.’ He paid that out of his personal pocket for all of us to be right here instruction together and we saw what that translated into and what that meant as far as us jelling.”
Added Graham: “I’m not certain what’s going on or all the particulars but I just want him back as soon as possible.”
Last week The Occasions-Picayune, citing a supply, reported that Brees was extremely upset at the prospect of not attending the begin of workouts simply because “he desires to be there for his teammates.” A source told NFL.com’s Steve Wyche last Friday that there has been no movement in contract talks amongst the two sides.
Brees spent Monday in New York at a meeting among the NFL and NFL Players Association in which the Saints’ “bounty” scandal was discussed, amongst other concerns.
Graham speedily became a single of Brees’ favorite targets last season, recording 99 catches for 1,310 yards and 11 touchdowns and emerging as one particular of the leading tight ends in the league.
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