Evan Hilbert
Saturday April 14th, 2012

New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson said Friday that the Saints and quarterback Drew Brees are "close" to a deal, though later reports dispute that claim, according to NFL.com.

"I talked to Drew Brees this morning personally and told him what was going on... " Benson said Friday. "He's due in next week and we (are) close. You know how those things work. It just takes a little more time, a little patience... We haven't forgotten about him." Brees was named the team's franchise player, but later reports Friday say that the talks haven't progressed much and that it is likely the quarterback will miss the open of offseason workouts, which begin Monday.

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