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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: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 9:31 pm

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

YUP! Someone trying to impress and ends up lookingh like an A$$. I've met Brees and he is a very smart Classy guy on and off the field. A fraud he is not.

Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: July 13, 2011 9:13 pm

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

Whats a Pension plan???
ever heard of google???  id post a link but that would take all the fun out of you learning how!!! 

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 6:58 pm

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

Bigben88 ..... First and foremost any commentator or radio, TV or any media personality that makes a statement like Mike Francesa made with out stating any who, what, why or when was just blabbing a bunch of nonsense for ratings. There is no law making him state the truth, so he can make up stuff just like Freeman and all the others here and at ESPN do. Unless they are willing to name names for thier sources 99% of the time its bull chit.

Since: Jun 17, 2011
Posted on: July 13, 2011 6:52 pm

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

Yeah right...give me a break! Do you really think these 3 knuckle heads were involved in getting this done...they're figure heads. I wouldn't throw a parade for these guys....they spent most of the summer on vacations, or chilling by the pool with their families. They should've gotten more involved and got the deal done months ago. What a joke!

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: July 13, 2011 6:32 pm

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

bdodson3323 your political statement is right on the money but it has nothing to do with this subject.  This is a case where thw union NEEDS to be broken! This isn't about the players getting less money as much as WHO gets less money.  Why should rookie draftees get monster money when they have never played a down at this level.  Why should JaMarcus Rusell have even one penny of the millions he was signed for.  Don't even try to say then didn't have to pay him, that was never an option.  The only ones hurt by a rookie salary structure are the players that don't make the grade and the agents who have to wait on their clients to step up and produce... Slap the rookie pay scale on, cover the retired players (who never had access to the money contracts go for now), and let's play some ball.

Since: Apr 13, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2011 6:23 pm

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

Black scholar,Cornell West recently called Obama a "Wall Street puppet"

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: July 13, 2011 6:14 pm

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

Brady and Brees are looking out for ALL players, not just themselves. And all players don't make nearly the amount that they do.

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 6:04 pm

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


Since: Jul 6, 2011
Posted on: July 13, 2011 5:55 pm

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

Those rich republicans will win again..Break the the union down...give the players less and take more... sounds like whats happening in Washington... Cut the money for the poor... Give to the Rich... Thanks for voting Republican. 8 yrs of giving to the billionaires... and two more folding their arms and not budging on moving to the future.. creating jobs and getting that tax money from the big companies that rape our country dry, while they will pay millions to the lobbiest to blame Obama... Sickening!

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2011 5:39 pm

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

My guess for this Friday or Monday the lockout is done. those guys are not stupid, they know will lose a lot a money even in the pre-season games.

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