NEW ORLEANS (NFL) – The New Orleans Saints started their voluntary offseason workouts Monday under unusual circumstances — circumstances that were not solely restricted 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. One Saint, whose success is particularly tied to Brees’ presence on the field, stated Tuesday enough is sufficient, it’s time the team signed Brees to a extended-term deal.
“I feel it’s really essential,” tight finish Jimmy Graham told AM-870, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “I can keep in mind last year, for the duration of the lockout, other teams, they didn’t get together. Drew orchestrated and paid for a lot of the younger guys and even got me a place to stay and mentioned, ‘Jimmy, I want you here.’ He paid that out of his own 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 positive what’s going on or all the specifics but I just want him back as soon as feasible.”
Last week The Occasions-Picayune, citing a source, reported that Brees was quite upset at the prospect of not attending the start of workouts because “he wants to be there for his teammates.” A supply 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 amongst the NFL and NFL Players Association in which the Saints’ “bounty” scandal was discussed, among other problems.
Graham rapidly became a single of Brees’ preferred 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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