Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who has been at the front lines of the media phase of the lockout even if not consistently at the bargaining table, has offered from time to time some potentially inflammatory comments. But Brees now recognizes progress finally is being made — and he wants to see more of it.
“I am the eternal optimist,” Brees recently told WWL radio in New Orleans, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “I know that there has been progress made in regards to the discussions that have been taking place both last week and this week in Chicago and New York respectively. Those discussions are ongoing. There’s a lot of issues to get through, but I think that’s something that both sides really want, certainly us as players to not miss anytime. We want to get to training camp on time and we want to play games on time.”
Of course, Brees couldn’t completely resist taking a mild shot at the owners.
“We were not the ones who instituted the lockout,” Brees said. “We were the ones who were forced to be locked out, to not have the opportunity to train, and to be at our facilities with our coaches. We very much want to be able to play and I think the big thing that is right in front of us is let’s end this lockout. We have to end this lockout. It’s in court right now and we, as players, don’t want this lockout. We want this lockout to be over so we can play and then we can continue discussions for as long as it takes, but while we’re continuing those discussions we’re at least playing football and not taking anything away from the fans.”
Though the league surely won’t be ending the lockout without a new labor deal (absent a court order instructing the league to end the lockout), we’ll continue to be optimistic that a new labor deal is coming, at some point between late June and the middle of July.