According to Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Saints quarterback Drew Brees stated on ESPN’s Outside the Lines that he doesn’t plan on missing this season even though he’s still waiting for a new long-term contract.
“I’d never sit out the season,” Brees said. “I love the game too much.”
I think it’s great that Brees doesn’t plan on sitting out the year in order to get the money he deserves, but now he just took away some of the leverage he had against the Saints.
If the Saints want to they can now drag their feet on getting a new deal done and force Brees to sign the franchise tag if a new contract isn’t signed by July 16th.