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Saints Disrespect Brees As Benson Leads NBA All-Star Announcement For New Orleans
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saints-mercedesBig day for New Orleans Saints:  No Drew Brees (in New Orleans), no Payton but yes to big NBA brass.  

Drew Brees is in New York today attending a NFLPA exe. committee meeting. 

Yet, according to ESPN, The New Orleans Saints start training camp without Brees, who is holding out due to contract  dispute.

 

Brees has denied texting Parcells during the discussion for head coach, although it has been rumored that he had such communications.

 

Soon-to-be-suspended coach Joe Vitt, who has taken over the head coach spot for now-suspended head coach Sean Payton (due to Bountygate) is starting day one in that spot while Payton detaches from the team for one year he has brought to Super Bowl glory.

Owner Tom Benson, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will be heading a press conference with NBA brass to announce the city’s landing of the NBA 2014 All-Star game.  Benson took over the Hornets ownership on Friday.

The Saints have restricted press contact with the players during practice.

Brees, who led and funded player training last year still wants a long-term contract and is refusing to attend training camp.  The Saints sorely need his leadership now more than ever.

Meanwhile, some are wondering how in the world can the Saints and Tom Benson be treating Drew Brees in the way that he is currently being handled?   Benson is paying big money for one franchise yet he is putting the other on hold as it falls apart due to scandal.  In fact, Bleacher Report  claims that Brees is being “disrespected”

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The Saints have only five picks in the upcoming NFL Draft and no selection until the end of the third round. However, GM Mickey Loomis isn't concerned by the Saints' dearth of selections.

The Saints gave up this year's first-round pick to move up to select running back Mark Ingram in 2011. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell stripped them of their second-round pick thise year for organizational involvement in a bounty program.

Loomis said the Saints would not look to trade into the first two rounds, but the team might consider trading down to acquire more picks.

"We've traded picks away before," Loomis told The Times-Picayune. "I don't recall off the top of my head a year where we didn't have a first or second-round pick, but look, that has happened before to teams. And we still have five picks -- third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh. So that's five players we can bring in here to help contribute to our team. So we've got to do a great job with those five picks and sign college free agents after the draft that can help us.

"And look, we get more focused, not less, when you're short at the top of he draft. Because we have to do a good job and we will do a good job with those mid-round and late-round picks because we have done that in the past."

Loomis would not comment on the Drew Brees-Saints contract dispute. Brees hasn't talked with anyone from the Saints because his agent and the Saints' front office are in negations. At last report, they weren't close to a comprise, but owner Tom Benson could become involved to expedite the signing.

 

by Ed Staton and Bayoubuzz Staff

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Ed Staton

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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