(NEW YORK) — Despite a record-breaking season, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees finds himself without a new contract, and Brees isn’t too happy about the lack of progress on a new deal.
The team placed the exclusive rights franchise tag on Brees and will have until July 16 to finalize a long-term contract. The team could certainly use some good PR after the fallout of the NFL’s bounty investigation that led to suspensions of multiple Saints coaches and players.
“It’s been extremely frustrating for me,” Brees said in an interview with WWL Radio In New Orleans. “I don’t think the negotiations should have been this difficult.”
Even though Brees wants to remain with the team long term, he has not ruled out the possibility of holding out of training camp this summer and has already missed several weeks of voluntary offseason training with the team.
Last season, his sixth with the Saints, Brees threw for 5,476 yards and 46 touchdowns.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN