Drew Brees: Saints' Star QB Frustrated by Lack of Progress on New Deal

Josh Martin@@JoshMartinNBANBA Lead WriterMay 16, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints looks to pass from the pocket against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won the game 36-32. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The New Orleans Saints' messy offseason continues to sully and frustrate everyone involved with the organization, including Drew Brees.

According to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, the Saints' Pro Bowl quarterback expressed his disappointment with team management regarding his protracted contract negotiations during an interview on WWL Radio:

This is a big time for our team, especially when you look at what’s happened in this offseason, missing our head coach, Sean Payton. There should be a sense of urgency and yet it seems like there’s not.

We’ve reached out on a number of occasions and at times I’ve been frustrated by the lack of response.

The Saints slapped Brees with the franchise tag earlier in the offseason, thereby giving them exclusive rights to the record-setting signal-caller.

Brees is believed to be seeking a deal that would put him on par with the likes of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady as far as compensation is concerned.

Whether the Saints see fit to so handsomely reward Brees' loyalty and success with the franchise remains to be seen.

Team owner Tom Benson told attending media at an April press conference announcing his acquisition of the NBA's New Orleans Hornets that he thought the Saints and Brees were close to completing a new deal:

I talked to Drew Brees this morning, personally, and told him what was going on and he was very excited about it. He’s due in next week and we close. You know how those things work, and it just takes a little more time, a little patience and we’ve got a few other things going on with the draft and players that’s keeping us real busy. We haven’t forgotten about him. We work on it every day. As I told you, I talked to him personally this morning. He felt very good about us getting involved with this club, with the Hornets. I think that (contract for Brees) will be done shortly.

Brees, a four-time All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowler, rewrote the NFL's record books with the most prolific passing season in league history last season.

He led the Saints to their first and only Super Bowl title in 2010.