Tuesday, 19 July 2011 22:56
NFL Settlement In Legal Stage; Saints' Brees Leveraging Status For Tag Exemption
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NFL Network's Albert Breer reports attorneys worked late Tuesday with the goal of preparing a settlement agreement to be reviewed by the players by Wednesday.night. Reports on Tuesday that Drew Brees was trying to leverage his status as a named plaintiff in the Brady antitrust action into a lifetime exemption from the franchise tag, which would make the Saints quarterback an unrestricted free agent in 2012, Brees Twittered, "I want no special perks, past, present and future." So far, so good, according to Rotoworld.

Here are Brees's Tweets:

Drew Brees
drewbrees Drew Brees 
All media claims about me wanting a personal reward for this deal are false. I hope you all know me better than that
Drew Brees
drewbrees Drew Brees 
I want no special perks. My job is to get a fair deal for all players, and I am proud to represent them all - past, present and future
Drew Brees
drewbrees Drew Brees 
I hesitate to even dignify the false media reports with a response, but obviously they are leading people astray.

Drew Brees' souces confirm that it's a realistic goal, and he's also heard that the Hall of Famer Carl Eller that the retired players won't stand in the way of a deal. Although Sports Illustrated Jim Trotter reports some player reps are expecting a "serious debate" on the merits of approval, agent Drew Rosenhaus "fully expects" the reps to follow the executive committee's recommondation.


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