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Brees Says Deal “Very Close”

During an appearance on XX 1090 in San Diego, quarterback Drew Brees says, via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, that a deal between the owners and players is “very close”, with a “few details” remaining to be worked out.

“We’re very close to a settlement,” Brees said. “We’re at that point in the negotiations where there’s just a few more details that need to be ironed out.”

Brees, one of the plaintiffs in Brady v NFL and a member of the NFLPA’s Executive Committee, said that the more progress has been made in the last two weeks than at any point in this process, confirming that the revenue split and rookie wage scale are the two main issues remaining.

“The fact of the matter is that we do have a very fair proposal on the table right now in front of the owners,” Brees said. “They’ve talked a lot here over the last week about how, ‘Wer’e going to get a deal done before the 21st, for the meetings.’ Well, now the ball’s in their court because we have a very fair proposal.”

Talks between NFL owners and players resumed on Wednesday, sessions that were greeted with a statement from Brees and fellow plaintiffs/quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

“We believe the overall proposal made by the players is fair for both sides and it is time to get this deal done,” the plaintiffs’ statement read. “This is the time of year we as players turn our attention to the game on the field. We hope the owners feel the same way.”

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