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Any hope that the bad news was over for the Saints when the NFL handed down bounty player punishments might be dashed by a new report that quarterback Drew Brees and the Saints remain at an impasse to get a long-term deal finalized.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the two parties have 'made little progress' to get Brees signed to a deal. (See full story)

The news comes not long after team general manager Mickey Loomis said that a deal with Brees would get done.

Even with all of the hoopla of the Saints off-season with the bounty scandal and allegations that Loomis had a Superdome suite wired to allow him to eavesdrop on opposing teams, Loomis said last week that signing Brees was key for the team.

'I recognize that the most important issue facing the New Orleans Saints is getting Drew Brees under contract,' Loomis said, though he couldn't say how soon a deal would be completed.

'My goal and Drew's goals are the same,' Loomis said. 'It's to get him a contract that he feels good about and gives our team the best opportunity to compete for a championship. It will get done.'

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