Welcome in to Juan's World. Here's what I'm pondering from the mountains of West Virginia and Saints Training camp.
Day one is in the books and we haven't learned a thing about this team yet. And yet, there are so many questions that need to be answered. Like, will this be Drew Brees' final season in black and gold? It's a legit question to ask since we've gone nearly an entire year talking about the contract extension that hasn't happened yet.
Many times over the past few months, nearly everyone I've talked to has asked the same thing in regards to a Brees' extension. Why hasn't it happened yet?
Here's what we do know about Mr. Brees. He's still one of the games great QBs. And even at 37 years of age, he still has the ability to make mediocre talent look darn-near all-pro. Think back to last season for a reminder of this.
But, if there's one thing we've learned over the years, it's that there's a shelf-life for EVERY player. Even one that has as many skins on the wall as Brees does.
When asked how negotiations are going, Saints Vice President Mickey Loomis essentially said that the balls in Drew's court.
That his phone is ready to ring. A sorta plea to Brees agent Tom Condon to pick up the phone and give me a call.
Remember those old used car tv ads that asked viewers to do the same? They hardly did then and it seems like Condon won't either. Atleast not anytime soon.
Brees and Condon, Loomis and Sean Payton. They all know how to play this game because they've played it many times before.
Meanwhile, it’s the fans that have to sit and wait on the inevitable.
Brees has a self-imposed deadline to get a new deal done. The season opener against Oakland on September 11th.
We all know what that day represents in our country's history. It will forever be a day of mourning for those that lost their lives on 9-11-2001.
But, for Saints fans, that day could also kick off a season long mourning for their quarterback. Not knowing if 'this' season will be his last in New Orleans.
Here's hoping it doesn't come to that.
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