As one of the named plaintiffs in the players’ lawsuit against the NFL, and as a key participant in the labor process, Saints quarterback Drew Brees knows more about the ins and outs of the lockouts than most players. But he still doesn’t know when the league year might finally get started.
“Who knows when that will be? Obviously, all of this is pretty unpredictable, for all of us, even the players,” Brees said today on the Dan Patrick Show. “Even a guy like me, I’m on the executive committee, so I was in a lot of those mediation sessions prior to the lockout and everything else and I’m very up to speed about everything that’s happening with the courts. And yet you still feel pretty helpless. You’re just kind of sitting there waiting for judges to make their decision.”
Brees said he doesn’t know how likely it is that regular-season games will be canceled, but he believes that organizing his teammates for offseason workouts has been a great step toward making sure the Saints are ahead of the curve whenever the season starts.
“Treat it as much as we can like a normal offseason, even though it is far from that,” Brees said of his guiding philosophy on workouts. “We’re prepared for when this lockout does end. Hopefully it’s sooner rather than later, but this might go the distance. It might be August or September.”
Here’s hoping it’s not even later than that.