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Brees: Deal 'very close' and 'few details' remain

Posted on: July 13, 2011 12:25 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2011 1:18 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning issued a statement on labor negotiations recently, and as we noted earlier, it was a pretty bold statement, even though the words might seem similar to a normal press release.

On Wednesday while on XX Radio 1090 in San Diego, Brees confirmed our belief about the statement, and made some even stronger noise about the current state of the lockout, pointing ou that a deal is "very close," and that "few details" remain in nailing down a labor agreement.

"We've taken a significant setback in overall revenue in terms of what we've offered them compared to what we were making," Brees said. "I feel like there's a fair deal there -- we all do -- and we think it's time to step up and make a deal."

And that's precisely why the three most notable players in the current labor negotiations issued a statement regarding their stance.

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"Yesterday we felt like there's a fair deal on the table and we need to make sure everybody knows this and make sure the owners know this because the season is just around the corner," Brees said about the statement the players issued.

Brees also addressed the issue of retired players, stating that the current players would take care of them in the negotiations, and pointing out that the folks at the current bargaining table are actually pretty close to being retired themselves.

"Maybe they DO have a seat at the table," Brees said about retired players. "I'm the second-youngest guy at the table … these are guys who going to be retired players soon.

"And they're certainly looking out for those guys."

That's gotta be nice to hear if you're a retired player. But much nicer to hear? Brees' comments about how close a deal is and that the players did in fact take a "substantial" cut in order to make something happen.

Obviously there are reasons why they'd do this, and there are probably other areas in which they're going to benefit -- hello, massive free-agent class! -- that enabled them to give up more money.

That's not important. What's important is finishing this puppy off and getting everyone on the football field in time for a normal year of NFL action.

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Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: July 25, 2011 2:44 pm

Brees: Deal 'very close' and 'few details' remain

Well, I was right about the HOF game being cancelled.

And I am glad I was wrong about this lasting until 1st week of september.  Although, I believe it when I actually see footage of a real practice..

Here's to a great season...

Since: Jan 28, 2009
Posted on: July 14, 2011 11:01 am

Brees: Deal 'very close' and 'few details' remain

One post was correct, keep to talking about the CBA not how ignorant you are regarding politics. Who do you think creats jobs in this country the 50 % of the poplulation that doesn't pay income tax?? I think not. What is wrong about being rich, they invest, start businesses, etc
All you Libs want is take money from the rich and give to the poor, if you want to be a Socialist than move to Europe. I could go on but I believe I would be wasting my time.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: July 14, 2011 10:15 am

Brees: Deal 'very close' and 'few details' remain

You have a good point and I pretty much agree...  But I took that statement in line with all the other ACTIONS we have seen.
Maybe Francessa was exagerrating.  But that was a pretty strong statement..  We'll see what's what in a a couple of months..
Frankly, whenever a deal is done, I would really really like to see all the fans around the league, boycott the first game.  Could you imagine the impact and media coverage...  I think that would be the only thing that would reach the owners and players..

Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2011 6:33 am

Brees: Deal 'very close' and 'few details' remain

Not everyone can play in the NFL - quite comparing the NFL jobs and norml american jobs, they aren't the same

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 14, 2011 2:16 am

Brees: Deal 'very close' and 'few details' remain

As a big fan, I hope I am wrong about this.  I really do.  I hope you all make fun of me, because a deal is struck in the next 2 weeks.  But I just do not see this happening.  I believe the earliest this gets resolved (I mean EARLIEST) is early September...

Yeah. I'm getting the same feeling you are.... one minute I'm hearing on my favourite sports channel that a new CBA should be signed and done by this coming Tuesday and then 5 minutes later I'm reading a story on CBS that says it doesn't look good.  Two minutes after that I'm reading how Drew Brees says they are so close and the players have caved enough..... up and down.. up and down... it's getting boring.

If at least 10 owners would prefer the season be cancelled that's bad news because they need at least 24 owners to approve any deal.  And the more I read the more I don't think a deal is going to get done.  Sure, the players are willing to take 48 percent instead of 60 percent of the revenue but the owners give up the 1 billion they were getting off the top so based on last year's revenues that's a wash.  The union is also demanding if the salary cap is 120 million dollars every team has to spend at least 92-93 percent of the cap number in cash and not cap hits.  The owners previous minimum was supposedly around 88 percent... that's an extra 6 million per year for some owners in smaller markets that might not make sense to spend.  Players with 4 years experience all become UFA's?  How does a small market team spend more money then ever before yet lose star players in as little as 4 years and survive? Yeah, they still keep one tag but big deal....

I haven't read anything that completely convinces me the owners are going to sign anything anytime soon...... but like you, I hope I'm wrong.  I hope somebody responds to my post in a couple days with a big screw you to me or being negative because a deal is reached. I love football.... I watch it religiously every Sunday.  But I don't see having football this fall......

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 14, 2011 1:53 am

Brees: Deal 'very close' and 'few details' remain

That is a shame you dont work for a company with a pension plan

The number of people in the U.S that are on welfare or homeless or just get a little old age pension is a lot higher then the number of people in today's work force that are going to live on a work pension after they retire.   And 99.99999 percent of the working people that are going to be pension eligible for life didn't make 500 thousand dollars for even one year of their life let alone for multiple years like almost every NFL player is going to make.  

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 10:35 pm

Brees: Deal 'very close' and 'few details' remain

The most disgusting thing to me is upcoming. I can picture it right now. How Brees. Smith et al from their side & Goodell & the owners are gonna come on ESPN doing their kumbaya BS about how they  burned the midnite oil to save the season all in the interest of the fans. "After all, thats who it's all about RIGHT"! I'm already about to puke just thinking of it.

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