In an interview with ESPN's "Outside the Lines," QB Drew Brees said that regardless of the circumstances surrounding his contract negotiations with the New Orleans Saints, he would not sit out the entire 2012 season. Brees has until July 16 to sign a contract extension with the Saints or he would be forced to play under the one-year franchise offer of around $16.3 million or he could decide to sit out some or all of the season.
"I'd never sit out the season," Brees said Tuesday. "I love the game too much."
While he didn't say he wouldn't hold out into the season, Brees did alleviate concerns that his holdout could cause him to miss the entire season. He wants a long-term deal, but when push comes to shove, it would be difficult to turn down the $16 million he would earn this season. We're fully expecting him to play in 2012, but he may not be quite as sharp if he continues to miss practice.