NEW ORLEANS (NFL) – The New Orleans Saints started their voluntary offseason workouts Monday under unusual circumstances — 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. One Saint, whose good results is especially tied to Brees’ presence on the field, stated Tuesday adequate is adequate, it’s time the team signed Brees to a long-term deal.
“I assume it’s really critical,” tight end Jimmy Graham told AM-870, through SportsRadioInterviews.com. “I can don’t forget last year, for the duration of 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 location to stay and said, ‘Jimmy, I want you here.’ He paid that out of his personal pocket for all of us to be here coaching 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 details but I just want him back as soon as feasible.”
Last week The Occasions-Picayune, citing a supply, reported that Brees was very upset at the prospect of not attending the start of workouts due to the fact “he desires 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 among 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 swiftly became 1 of Brees’ preferred targets last season, recording 99 catches for 1,310 yards and 11 touchdowns and emerging as a single of the top tight ends in the league.
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