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Brees’ Role In CBA Talks Won’t Affect His Upcoming Contract

Saints quarterback Drew Brees is under contract for one more year. Saints owner Tom Benson hinted he cannot imagine the Saints without their signal-caller, and although a new contract for Brees will be on the table, Benson said the quarterback’s lead role in the labor dispute will not be an issue. Business is business, these things must be compartmentalized, and Brees simply isn’t capable of doing anything without complete dedication to it, Benson said. Brees did so by taking a lead role for the union in federally mediated talks in Washington.

He has the accomplished resume and, arguably more important, the gravitas that makes him an admired person on both sides of the negotiating table. “With regard to Drew, I have tremendous respect for Drew and just like everything he does he does passionately,” Benson said. “Like he performs on the field is like how he performs as a member of the executive board of the union. But at the end of the day, no player or owner or coach or (general manager) is above our league and the history of our league. That is why I am confident he will be back playing football for our fans.”

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