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Joe Vitt is “pretty sure” Drew Brees will show up, but doesn’t say when

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It remains unthinkable that quarterback Drew Brees will miss a game or even a training-camp practice with the Saints.  Then again, it previously seemed unthinkable that Brees would have missed a single offseason workout, especially since he went to such lengths in 2011 to arrange workouts at a time when all players were locked out.

Interim coach Joe Vitt didn’t say that it would be unthinkable — or even inconceivable — for Brees to fail to show up.  But Vitt expressed hope that the ongoing game of chicken between the team and its best player will end well.

I feel confident he’s going to be here,” Vitt said Thursday, via Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. “He’ll be here.”

As Vitt sees it, Brees has no alternatives to football.  “What else is he going to do, he can’t sing or dance,” Vitt said.

Pressed on the issue, Vitt said he’s “pretty sure” Brees will be there.

“Listen, I don’t think anybody thought this was going to be easy,” Vitt said.  “We talked about the lockout last year, ‘Well, they’re going to come back then, they’re going to come back here.’  I think everybody knew it was going to come back to the 23rd hour and it would get done.  There’s a lot of revolving pieces Mickey [Loomis] has to get in with the cap and so on and so forth.  This is going to get done, and it’s going to get done when Drew and Mickey know what’s best for our football team and we can move forward.”

The real question is when does the 23rd hour come?  It wasn’t the start of the offseason program.  And it wasn’t the launch of Organized Team Activities.

Is it July 16, the deadline for doing a multi-year deal?  Or is it the start of training camp?

Is it Week One of the regular season?  Or could it be Week 10, the deadline for showing up or sitting out the whole season?

Until we know when both sides believe the clock will be striking 12, there’s no way to know when to expect Vitt’s optimism to come to fruition.

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14 Responses to “Joe Vitt is “pretty sure” Drew Brees will show up, but doesn’t say when”
  1. charlutes says: May 31, 2012 2:05 PM

    Actually everyone thought this would be easy, assumed the Saints management wasn’t dumb enough to play it this poorly.

  2. bdawkins20 says: May 31, 2012 2:05 PM

    i dont get the saints, all the bad pub and you are jerking around your best player a solid guy. sign him already you cheapskates.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: May 31, 2012 2:08 PM

    Vitt hopes he shows up. “I mean, what the hell are we going to do with his gear? Too small to fit anyone else.”.

  4. dangcote says: May 31, 2012 2:12 PM

    For a QB as good as Brees, this should be easier, it should be done. The Eagles and Broncos were able to pay their quarterbacks and you could argue that Brees will probably have the better career over the next five years. Pay the guy what he is worth.

  5. clintonportisheadd says: May 31, 2012 2:19 PM

    Maybe Brees can spin it by saying he’s not playing in 2012 out of “solidarity” with Payton, Vilma, etc.

  6. ksm31311 says: May 31, 2012 2:21 PM

    I’m pretty sure Joe Vitt is clueless…

  7. kcfanatic says: May 31, 2012 2:25 PM

    It makes sense. If he doesn’t sign he can meet and talk to Sean Payton all he wants. Once he is signed he is no longer allowed to have contact with him.

  8. gadgetdawg says: May 31, 2012 2:33 PM

    “What else is he going to do, he can’t sing or dance,” Vitt said.
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    Maybe Donald Driver can give him a few tips. I’ve heard he does fairly well in the dancing part.

  9. nineroutsider says: May 31, 2012 2:33 PM

    Gots to pay the man already! I understand though that the Saints shouldn’t just cave completely, I know the 9ers FO wouldn’t either.

    I know Saints fans don’t think this, but once in a while these types of negotiations go south and irreconcilable differences are created and the worst possible scenario plays out. The Saints need to prevent that from happening. No way of knowing until later, but interesting to say the least.

    Brees deserves to get paid like the other top QBs; that’s the bottom line.

  10. ripster65 says: May 31, 2012 3:04 PM

    C’mon N.O. poster-boy! Saints need a leader now more than ever! Pipe down, take the 16 million for a year then work it out next season. Think of the fans and the team. Funny how gung-ho he was last off-season when it wasn’t supposed to be all about him. Couldn’t wait to be that leader and run practices but now that it’s all about him, not so much.

  11. really2011 says: May 31, 2012 3:22 PM

    charlutes says:
    May 31, 2012 2:05 PM
    Actually everyone thought this would be easy, assumed the Saints management wasn’t dumb enough to play it this poorly.

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    Poorly meaning offering him more money than Peyton and Brady?

    dangcote says:
    May 31, 2012 2:12 PM
    For a QB as good as Brees, this should be easier, it should be done. The Eagles and Broncos were able to pay their quarterbacks and you could argue that Brees will probably have the better career over the next five years. Pay the guy what he is worth
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    You mean paying him more then those guys (per year)? Can’t be considering that the offer was already made.

    Drew will get done but to those who say pay the man you either don’t understand that the Saints have very little cap space and the structure will be important. Once you get into structure the process get’s thorny. If you believe the reports that they are $2 mill apart then you can’t believe that this won’t get done. Drew Brees has now been offered deals that would make him the highest paid per year in the NFL (twice – last year and now). I am a Saints fan and a Brees fan and when it get’s done all’s well that ends well but let’s stop assuming that the Org (who has taken care of most of it’s players throughout the Loomis era) is “jerking” it’s best player around. Maybe the jerk is on the wrong side of the table. Or maybe this is just what it takes to get the best deal possible and still have a team (unlike Indy).

  12. 49erstim says: May 31, 2012 3:22 PM

    Actually one could make the argument that Brees NOT signing the offer currently on the table is selfLESS not selfISH. By being a top 5 QB and taking less than top 5 pay he could screw up the market by signing what is a low ball offer…just a thought.

    These guys are putting their bodies on the line for a limited window of earning potential. Give this loyal Saint a long term deal. This guy is the unquestioned leader of the squad and you need him now more than ever.

  13. trojan33sc says: May 31, 2012 3:23 PM

    Hey Joe, why don’t you try talking to the owners instead of the media and tell them to PAY Brees !! That would solve all the mystery……………………..

  14. goodolebaghead says: May 31, 2012 3:55 PM

    Wow, amazed at how clueless so many of you are at how this works. It’s not that the Saints don’t want to pay him. I am willing to bet, if there was no salary cap, Benson would give him $10million of his own money to get the matter settled. It does not come from lack of want. I know most of you on here don’t read, only skim the headlines and make opinions, but if you are still reading by this point, note that THERE IS NO CAP SPACE for the deal Drew wants. The NFL will not allow the Saints to pay Drew what he is asking without it costing the Saints the surrounding talent that makes Drew look so good every year. What’s the point in paying a guy everything you’ve got, and having to release all his support? The driver of the racecar is useless without his pit crew.

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