Quarterback Drew Brees told Ed Werder of ESPN he wants Jimmy Graham’s contract situation to be resolved so he has time on the field with his star tight end before the Saints’ season opens.
“Jimmy’s my guy,” Brees said in a sit-down interview late last month. “I want what’s best for him. I want what’s best for the team. Certainly there’s a way that everybody can be happy coming out of this deal. But it is part of the process, and I went through something similar to this two years ago, so I get it.”
Brees said he’s very confident that the sides will agree on an equitable, long-term deal that pays Graham what he deserves as the premier tight end in the NFL.
“And I think you just hope that it’s as amicable as possible and nothing is taken personal and it’s just the business side of this thing sometimes, and hopefully it gets resolved sooner than later because I’d like to have some time with him before the season,” he said. “But I’m very confident it will get resolved, he’ll get a long-term deal, the one that he deserves, and we’ll be able to move forward.”