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Drew Brees will join labor talks on Thursday

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Coming on the heels of a joint statement from the three quarterbacks whose name appear atop the antitrust lawsuit against the league that the time has come to get a deal done, it looks like one of the plans to do more than talk.

Our pal Scott Kaplan of XX 1090 reports that Saints quarterback Drew Brees has said he’ll travel to New York on Thursday to join the labor negotiations.

Based on the statement from Brees, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady, Brees’ presence suggests that the goal will be to get a deal done.

Brees has not been involved in negotiations since the talks fell apart in March, leading to the antitrust lawsuit and the lockout.

The Super Bowl XLIV MVP will join Scott Kaplan and Billy Ray Smith on XX 1090 at 11:40 a.m. ET to talk about his plans.  You can listen to the interview at the XX 1090 website.

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18 Responses to “Drew Brees will join labor talks on Thursday”
  1. krow101 says: Jul 13, 2011 11:31 AM

    Hopefully he’ll be wearing his best leisure suit.

  2. mightymightylafootball says: Jul 13, 2011 11:38 AM

    Why?

    Based on his decades of experience in the nuisances of contract negotiation, U.S. labor law, collective bargaining and hands on operation of billion dollar enterprises?

    He throws a football for a living. That’s like asking the negotiators to take snaps under center.

    I like you Brees, but man, for all our sake, just stay home.

  3. cuzidid42 says: Jul 13, 2011 11:38 AM

    The talks have been somewhat positive since Brees has not been involved. Why ruin a good thing, the guy just can’t keep his big mouth shut.

  4. cuzidid42 says: Jul 13, 2011 11:38 AM

    The talks have been somewhat positive since Brees has not been involved. Why ruin a good thing, the guy just can’t keep his big mouth shut.

  5. rayvens says: Jul 13, 2011 11:41 AM

    Drew Brees will join labor talks on Thursday
    ————
    Great this makes me feel safe and comfee…..

  6. mcconnellrules says: Jul 13, 2011 11:44 AM

    Come on Brees..be the MVP of Labor negotiations!!

  7. radrhatr says: Jul 13, 2011 11:46 AM

    He should join in the talks. He gets paid $300,000 per year by the union to be their mouthpiece.

  8. jbpanthers says: Jul 13, 2011 11:46 AM

    Brees wants to make sure mole removal is covered in players insurance.

  9. bolt4life says: Jul 13, 2011 11:49 AM

    It’s too bad Scott Kaplan is the 2nd worst radio sports host behind Hacksaw.

  10. krashie21 says: Jul 13, 2011 11:49 AM

    Drew Brees = Bad Situation Becoming WORSE

  11. tomsd1 says: Jul 13, 2011 11:59 AM

    Gotta say – good interview with Scott and Billy Ray this am – out here in SD – and hey – won’t give away your “undisclosed” beach location. :)

    And you are quicker getting this post up than the negotiations are proceeding, that’s for sure.

    So far – Drew is really non-commital (so far in the interview) re: any substance on why he “might” be going to NY tomorrow. He is still here in SD – Del Mar – right now.

  12. stevo8drum says: Jul 13, 2011 12:00 PM

    if things go south will he blame it on the turf like his teammate did?

  13. tomsd1 says: Jul 13, 2011 12:01 PM

    And totally agree Brees is way out of his element when trying to take a seat at the negotiating table, or making those ridiculous statements. Now Drew is saying they – the NFLPA – has always had the retired players interest at the head of their proposals.

    Sounds a bit different than from what he said earlier about the retired players pissing away their money.

  14. str8up12 says: Jul 13, 2011 12:01 PM

    YES! That means the deal is done. Brees is going to show up and bask in the glory all his hard work created.

  15. typhilly21 says: Jul 13, 2011 12:02 PM

    “Its time to get a deal done!..But I have other things to do on Wednesday…”

    -Drew Brees

  16. nola4eva says: Jul 13, 2011 12:20 PM

    While I think this labor deal dispute has tried to put a tarnish on my boy Drew’s image, this guy is a solid and unbelievably giving person. I have nothing but respect for Drew and his family. We love him down here, not only for bringing a championship, but also for his great community leadership. We actually have quality athletes who represent the organization as well as the community well. The last 6 years have been hell to recover from, but by God Himself, we are doing it..even if it did take something like a football team to rally the people. Drew is not just a football player. He has a job to do too…and just like any of us who worked a job we deemed was being unfair to us, if we had a chance (like a union) to make things better for all of us, wouldn’t we? Yeah I know..they make millions, but there is a lot that goes into making millions..it’s not like they sit around counting their chips. There is a thing Uncle Sam calls taxes…and more of it goes to the government than people realize or understand.

  17. 8drinkminimum says: Jul 13, 2011 1:12 PM

    He was probably going to be in New York for a promo anyway.

  18. cleanface says: Jul 13, 2011 1:24 PM

    How does it help for someone that hasn’t been involved for months to come in and start giving their opinion? That usually just makes the process more difficult.

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