If Drew Brees does not have a long-term contract in place by Monday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline, the New Orleans Saints quarterback has no plans to sign his franchise tender and report to training camp, according to league and team sources.
Brees and the Saints must work out a long-term contract by July 16 or he will be required to play the 2012 season under his $16.371 million exclusive-rights franchise tender that restricts the free agent from signing with another team.
However, sources say Brees has made it clear to confidants that he will not sign the tender and report to Saints training camp when it begins July 24. The sources also said that even though Brees is on record as saying he won’t miss the regular season, he may leave the Saints guessing as to whether he will report in time for the team’s opener against the Washington Redskins on Sept. 9.
Source: ESPN.com Chris Mortensen