The New Orleans Saints are and have been Drew Brees’ team for a decade. Drew Brees is the franchise in every sense of the word and has meant so much to the New Orleans community as well, cementing his icon status in the state of Louisiana.
But as much as the city and as much as Saints’ fans love Drew Brees, the franchise may not be willing to show any long term love to their beloved quarterback.
The Saints and Brees have been eyeing a new contract to ensure the signal caller retires a Saint but it seems the two sides may have a different idea of what would define a “fair” contract for both sides.
According to sources, as well as Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole, the Saints are unwilling to commit to a long-term deal with Brees.
One concern is the amount of guaranteed money that Brees would be commanding, especially at 37-years of age. But the biggest concern the Saints have is how they view Brees, whom they see in a clear decline.
The Saints have concerns regarding Brees’ arm strength, which they believe is in significant decline and they also have some concerns about the further limitation of Brees’ mobility as he gets closer to 40. The Saints simply believe that with Brees’ decline and the assumption that he will be far more likely to suffer an injury, it will be hard for them to commit both the money and the years that would likely come with any long term contract negotiations.
For now, things seem to be fine between the Saints and Brees but things can get interesting as camp continues and we inch towards the start of the regular season.
New Orleans is in a very tough spot. They need to be smart with any deal they make with Brees so it doesn’t financially restrict them in the future, but they also have to tread carefully as they don’t want to create a rift with the franchise’s greatest player and the the most popular sports figure in the community.
Saints’ David Onyemata Cited For Marijuana Possession
New Orleans Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata was recently cited for possession of marijuana, according to The New Orleans Advocate’s Nick Underhill and Ramon Antonio Vargas.
Per the report, Jefferson Parish (La.) prosecutors are unsure if they will formally charge Onyemata, a fourth round pick of the Saints back in 2016 out of the University of Manitoba.
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office began investigating a package that was seized by United States Customs & Border Protection personnel up in Buffalo, New York, back on January 28th, and ultimately obtained a search warrant for Onyemata’s apartment on the following day, January 29th.
Deputies reportedly seized three ounces of marijuana, cannabis oil, marijuana edibles, and hemp powder from the search.
Onyemata is entering the final year of his rookie contract and this could seriously impede his negotiations with the Saints on a new deal.
Former Cowboys Wide Receiver Season is Over!
Dez Bryants Season Could be Over!
In April of 2010, the Dallas Cowboys held the 24th overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft drafted Dez Bryant from Oklahoma State University.
For the next seven seasons, he would be the key player at wide receiver for both Tony Romo and Dak Prescott.
On April 13, 2018, almost to the day of him being drafted was cut by the Dallas Cowboys. He is now a free agent player. Fast forward seven months and on November 7, 2018, Bryant and the New Orleans Saints reached an agreement for the next year.
In his second practice with the Saints, the talented receiver was turning on a route and possibly suffered a severe injury that could place him on IR for the remainder of the 2018 season.
Dez Bryant is expected to get multiple tests today according to NFL Network sources.
Saints, Pelicans Owner Tom Benson Dead At 90
The New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans are suffering a huge loss today as news broke that longtime owner Tom Benson has died at the age of 90.
The team made the announcement on Thursday.
Benson died with his wife, Gayle Marie Benson, by his side.
Benson bought the Saints back in 1985 upon hearing that the franchise would be sold and re-located. Though the team struggled for many years, they eventually found success in the form of eleven playoff berths and a Super Bowl title in 2009.
Benson also bought the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets back in 2012 and renamed them the Pelicans, to make them fit more in with the city of New Orleans.
Benson was hospitalized in the intensive care unit at Ochsner Medical Center earlier this week, according to ESPN’s Mike Triplett, and was also admitted several weeks ago with flu-like symptoms. Benson was also hospitalized back in October due to exhaustion.
Benson was also known for his charitable work and undoubtedly left a lasting impression on the city of New Orleans, players, staff, and fans.
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