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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Can you talk about the disappointment of a season being over that had so much potential? “It definitely is as you get older, because you don’t know how many more opportunities you have. You would like to believe this would ...

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Can you talk about the disappointment of a season being over that had so much potential?

“It definitely is as you get older, because you don’t know how many more opportunities you have. You would like to believe this would last forever, especially when you put together the type of team we had, especially in all phases was right there and ready to make a run. I just think it goes to show you how difficult this game is and how once you get into the playoffs, everybody probably has as good as shot as everybody with one play here and one play there that typically determine the outcome of a football game and still here we are only less than a week removed and it still hurts.”

You talked all season about the high quality of the locker room. Is one of the things that stings is that you might have liked this team as much as the 2009 team? Where would you rank this team as far as the guys you respected and liked?

“Just as much or more than the ’09 team. Each team is unique. Each season is unique. No matter how many of the same guys you have from one year to the next, you still have to establish an identity going into the season or re-establish an identity. That takes time and you pick up where you left off. You’re really starting over every season. I’d say, we have a lot of the same guys on this ’11 team as the ’09 team and yet I feel like we just have so many guys that are kind of right in the prime of their career or entering the prime of their career, so it just felt like we were in prime position to make another run at it.”

How do you handle this offseason with the potential discussion being your contract?

“Just handle it the way we’ve handled it so far. We’ve had open lines of communication the entire time between my agent Tom Condon and Mickey Loomis. There was a lot of discussions right when the lockout ended, in camp and into the season. I just didn’t want it to become a distraction. Obviously I was heavily involved in that. It was hard to separate yourself from that when you know what’s happening. I just decided I wanted to put it off to the side and focus on the season and make a run at a title. Now here we are at the end of the season and it’s time to pick up discussions again, obviously once we all get a chance to step back and decompress, but I’ve had conversations with Mickey Loomis and with my agent. At some point in time soon, we will continue to talk and hopefully we will get a deal done very soon.”

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Old 01-26-2012, 11:57 AM   #2
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I'm crushes, having to watch this shat game next weekend. The Saints - Patriots Superbowl would have been epic.

Drew will get his deal done. Start thinking beyond it because it will happen.

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Deep inside though his number one priority is to his families future.
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i wish they would stop talking and start doing. get brees contract done.
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Deep inside though his number one priority is to his families future.
Guess what? making 100k a year will more than support a family of 4 for a lifetime.

Drew is looking at 18+ MILLION, if you think he is thinking "I could take a 5 million dollar cut towards cap money (which I could still get somewhere else in the contract), but I can't because I need to feed my kids" then you need to come back to planet Earth.
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Guess what? making 100k a year will more than support a family of 4 for a lifetime.

Drew is looking at 18+ MILLION, if you think he is thinking "I could take a 5 million dollar cut towards cap money (which I could still get somewhere else in the contract), but I can't because I need to feed my kids" then you need to come back to planet Earth.
Or just go join the rest of the aliens at Candlestick.

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