CBS Sports' Larry Holder is reporting that Brees and his agent turned down a deal before the 2011 season that would have made him the league's highest-paid player.

The Saints and Drew Brees are apparently $5 million apart on the first three years of a deal, according to ESPN.

Adam Schefter of ESPN, says Brees and his agent want a deal close to what Peyton Manning had with the Colts, where the money is about $18 million a year, but much of it is front-loaded into the deal's first three years. You can read it here., of NBC, has Mike Florio saying that the Saints are banking on Brees not wanting to sully his 'good guy' reputation as leverage in the deal.

Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, makes the case that Brees should be the league's highest paid player.TP's Mike Triplett says the deal is 'going down to the wire.'

Steve Silverman of Yahoo! Sports says, relax, don't worry, 'Drew Brees is not going anywhere.' Well, maybe. He has a semi-positive take, saying that at worst, the Saints will franchise Brees, though that could likely cost the Saints the opportunity to sign Marques Colston and Carl Nicks.

A story in the Toronto Sun of all places says the Saints have no choice but to sign Brees. 'Failing to sign Brees is unthinkable,' writes Bill Lankhof.

'Nobody in the league would, it seem, be more deserving of a raise,' says Lankhof.

'Roger Goodell may have helped save a league but even he can't claim to have helped save a city. There is a justifiable argument that Brees should be among the five highest-paid quarterbacks in the league and it is believed his agent, Tom Condon, is asking for a contract in the $20 million-per-season neighbourhood currently occupied by Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.'

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