Saints and QB Drew Brees Reported to Be More Than $10 Mil Apart

It is sounding more and more like the Saints and Drew Brees are going to have to find some type of common ground if the QB is going to be in camp or even ready for opening day in 2012.

According to a person familiar with the negotiations, Brees and the Saints still must close a significant gap in guaranteed money if they are to agree on a five-year contract worth about $100 million by Monday’s looming deadline for a long-term deal.

The sides were more than $10 million apart in the guaranteed portion of the contract Wednesday, according to the source on condition of anonymity because talks the talks are ongoing.

At the ESPYs on Wednesday evening, Brees said he still believed that he would sign a new long-term deal with the New Orleans Saints by Monday.

“I’m an eternal optimist, so I’m still very confident a deal will get done by Monday,” Brees said.

“I think I’ve been around this league long enough to understand how this works at times. In a lot of cases, it does go down to the wire, and you need a stopping point in order to bring everyone together and make sure it can get done. That stopping point is Monday, so let’s hope we get something done by then.”

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