I know a lot of people in New Orleans are more than a little nervous these days. It’s understandable because quarterback Drew Brees remains unsigned and the start of free agency is getting closer every day.
But Brees remained confident Thursday that something will happen before free agency begins March 13.
"There's no doubt in my mind we'll get a deal done," Brees told Mike Triplett.
But it’s late February and the sides have talked off and on about this for a long time. Why have there been reports that the sides remain far apart?
“I think there's been progress made," Brees said. "But just like everything it's a process. It takes time. It's not something that happens overnight."
I’m not guaranteeing anything, but I have a real hard time seeing Brees leave New Orleans. He doesn’t want to leave and the Saints know they need the cornerstone of their franchise.
This is a complicated deal because it probably will make Brees one of the NFL’s best-paid players and there will be salary-cap implications for the rest of the roster. Brees is right when he says negotiations are a process.
Think back to last offseason when the NFL locked out its players. For months, all we heard was that there was little or no progress. Then, training camp rolled around and a deal got thrown together quickly. That’s how negotiations work.
Both sides tend to drag their feet for maximum bargaining power. But when there’s a sense of urgency, people tend to make deals.
As each day passes that sense of urgency gets stronger for Brees and the Saints.