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The New Orleans Saints have been painted with a broad brush as being the cheapskate throughout much of the team's long-term contract negotiations with Drew Brees in that the team isn't willing to fully open up its wallet for the former Super Bowl MVP.
That might not be the case at all.
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The Saints offered Brees a long-term contract before the 2011 season that would have made him the highest-paid player in the NFL and Brees and his agent, Tom Condon turned the contract down, a league source told CBSSports.com.
"[General manager Mickey Loomis] offered Brees the highest-paid contract in NFL history," the source said. "Does that not equate with great or elite?"
There have been numerous reports about Brees being frustrated about the pace of the contract negotiations, especially with the franchise tag deadline approaching on March 5.
There have also been reports stating that Brees and the Saints are "far apart" and Yahoo! Sports has reported that Brees and the Saints are $5 million apart per season on a long-term deal.
Loomis and the Saints have been relatively silent on the Brees negotiation front and it's typically the Saints' style to not play contract talks out in the media.