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Drew Brees Discusses the NFL Lockout: "We Have to End This Lockout."

this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Brees was asked how NFL Free Agency would work if they played under the rules of the old Collective Bargaining Agreement. His response: "Thatís been talked about quite a bit because that was an uncapped year, which was last year. ...

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Brees was asked how NFL Free Agency would work if they played under the rules of the old Collective Bargaining Agreement. His response:

"Thatís been talked about quite a bit because that was an uncapped year, which was last year. It would be an uncapped year with reduced benefits for players unfortunately there was no 401 K match, there was no annuity, there was no health reimbursement account, none of those normal benefits we wouldíve had, and free agency was at six years. So you will have had to play six years in order to become a free agent. Thereís quite a few guys that would normally be free agents after four years, but in the uncapped year last year it switched from four to six. You look at guys on our team like Roman Harper would be a free agent, but if itís six years heís not, David Thomas would be a free agent, but if itís six years heís not, Lance Moore another guy. Thereís quite a few. In fact thereís over 200 across the NFL, actually 400."

Brees has organized off season workouts with his Saints teammates. He was asked how those workouts could give the Saints an edge. His response:

"Thatís the plan. You can only worry about the things that you can control. We canít control what the court is going to decide in regard to this lockout, but the fact is we canít go into our own team facilities so you have to assemble on your own, you have to make your own arrangements, thereís so many young players that donít have the ability to be here paying rent somewhere or even travel back and forth between here and home so a lot of us feel like itís our responsibility as veteran players to organize these workouts and to really get something out of it and take care of these young guys because in the end the team that has been together, has been working hard, is in the best shape, and is the most mentally prepared, is the team that is going to fare best during the season I believe. Weíre having a great opportunity with all the young guys that are present right now, it gives an opportunity to install the offense and install the defense, work through a lot of the things that a lot of the guys on other teams Iím afraid are not getting that opportunity so when camp does start and the season does start I think theyíre going to be behind. We donít want that for our guys. We want them to be on track."



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