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Drew Brees, Saints Still Apart In Contract Negotiations

The New Orleans Saints have certainly had more than their fair share of issues to work though this offseason. One of the more pressing issues is the contract status of their superstar quarterback, Drew Brees. The team placed their franchise tag on Brees, but he has not signed it as of yet. At last report, the two sides were far apart in coming to an agreement on a new deal.

Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk reports that many of the rumored figures that have been reported on both sides of the story may have been exaggerated.

Widespread reports over the past several months have pegged the Saints' offer at $18 million per year, with Brees' demands north of $21 million. Some accounts have put Brees' expectations at $23 million annually.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, that's not the case. Brees, we're told, has never asked for $21 million. And the Saints are believed to be offering more than $18 million, possibly closer to $19 million than $18 million.

Brees acknowledged that many of the numbers he has seen in reports are "heavily inflated," but no significant progress toward signing a new deal has been made.

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