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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: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2011 5:24 pm

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

I just hope the new CBA has rookie salary caps and no 18-game season. A nice set aside for retirees would also be great, if that works out.

Otherwise, PLAY BALL!!!

Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: July 13, 2011 5:17 pm

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

Whats a Pension plan???

Since: Jul 13, 2011
Posted on: July 13, 2011 5:03 pm
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Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: July 13, 2011 5:02 pm

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

thank you okielou, im glad someone reads comments in their full context rather than snatching a few words out of a comment to make it suit whatever argument your trying to make,  so trying to make brees out to be a fraud= EPIC FAIL!!!!

Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: July 13, 2011 5:00 pm

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

Brees is trustworthy?Two months ago he made a statement that former players need to take care of their money and not depend on current players and it took hall of famer Sam Huff to set him strait.He now is talking about taking care of the retired men who bulit this game so he could make his tens of millions?Please this guy is as much a fraud as the rest of them.

brees was referring to players who chose to take their league pensions just after retiring from the game because they lived high on the hog while they were playing it, so instead of getting a job after they retired or invest their money wisely, so they could wait until later in life to use their pension, the players would rather blow their millions while they play, then expect the league to take care of all their needs for life, so i can see his side of things when most players take their pensions at 40 years old, when they just retired from a job they made millions at, where as if they would have been smart with their money, and not lived such a lavish lifestyle, so they could have taken their pension a decade or 2 after their retirement, that way their pension would have lastest the rest of their life, thats a big difference from trying to portray brees as someone who doesnt want to pay into the pension fund, he is calling for fiscal responsibility, which in this country is seriously lacking from the president all the way down, this was more like an argument about players living high on the hog, then when their money runs out, then they come back wanting more, i agree there should be more money paid to retired players, but i think they should have to wait at least 10 years to be able to touch that money unless they have some sort of lifelong injury that prevents them from working or causes a change in lifestyle, so i ask, if these players had to wait 10 years to get their pensions, i wonder how many of them would make smarter financial choices with the millions they are paid when they are playing??  or at the least, how many of them would re-enter the workforce in a different career rather than getting fat and lazy in their million dollar cribs??

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 4:48 pm

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

Your the fraud. You take part of his statement and try to make him look bad. What he said was"SOME" former players need to handle their money better. That goes for everyday life. I had a job where I was making a very good living and guy's working next to me making the same wage, didn't have a pot to pee in or a window to throw it out of. So Brees did not make a brash statement about anyone idividule. If the shoe fits wear it.

Since: Jul 6, 2011
Posted on: July 13, 2011 4:43 pm

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

I can see maybe that some of the real old timers may need finanical help.Those were different times.But for players like Brady,Brees and Manning to be worried about money for retirement--what a joke.Come work for the 10 bucks an hour like that rest of us do.Then have to worry that Obama will take off with you SS check.

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 4:19 pm

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


Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 3:56 pm

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

I know once I leave my job I won't be paid for life from my former company. I fail to see how stating the obvious means he's a "fraud".
That is a shame you dont work for a company with a pension plan

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: July 13, 2011 3:14 pm

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

I'm looking forward to Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny showing up too. Next week we'll all hear it is THE LAWYERS FAULT. The owners are Hell Bent on breaking these guys and all this talk is horse hockey.If the players want to be paid at all this year then in September they'll cave faster than the Carolina 0-line.I mean no 18 game season, no HGH testing this what they asked for and no mere mention of it. We're gettin close, We're getting close, we don't like the deal, here's what really want and if you don't like it STARVE.

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