Jim Miller: NFL Draft

Monday, 25 July 2011 09:39
New Orleans Saints: Brees, NFL Settlement Closer, Free Agency
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It is being reported that the Saints plan to cut Reggie Bush to make room in their salary cap. Then, they hope to re-sign him for a lot less than the $11.8 salary he is dues this season.

According to Mike Maske of the Washington Post, reports "barring any unexpected last-second surprised, the champagne is expected to officially pop sometime Monday afternoon. The players have a meeting at 10 am on Monday. 

The players are on the one-inch line right now.  

 Drew Brees has spent plenty of time composing emails to teammates of late, PFT"s Mike Lorio writes. 

Per Florio, Brees' most recent message, a copy of which Florio, obtained, suggests that full free agency could open as soon as Tuesday. 

PFT's full text of Brees' message: 

"As has been the case with this entire process, it looks like the details and schedule has changed for training camp and free agency. This is the latest although I cannot confirm anything at this point. I just want to make you aware as to what is being discussed so nothing catches you by surprise. 

"Free agency -- It now looks like free agency will begin at noon on Tuesday and it will be open free agency. There will be no 3-day grace period for teams to sign their own players. It will be open for anyone to sign anywhere. 

"Training camp -- It looks like the NFL is trying to force teams into camp on time.  This would move us to a report date of Thursday, July 28. We would have physicals, conditioning, and meetings on this day. The day before would be a travel day and the hotel would be open that night for guys to check in as well as physicals but nothing mandatory until Thursday. 

"I will keep you updated with the latest information. Unfortunately, it tends to change very quickly .Just stay prepared for anything."

 That last message applies to all of us, really.

by Ed Staton

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Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  


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