The July 16 deadline to negotiate a long-term deal for the Saints and their franchised quarterback is looming, and the two camps turned to the media on Tuesday afternoon.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen ran with a story that Brees will sit out of training camp without a new long-term deal. Camp opens July 24, eight days after it will have been too late.
"Sources" foisted that threat on the Saints a round the same time that NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk reported that the Saints haven't heard back from Brees regarding their last major contract offer on June 1. That "leak" heaved the responsibility for the turmoil back on Brees, who has reportedly turned down #1 QB money, topping Peyton Manning's new deal with the Broncos.
Without a new contract, Brees will be forced to play under the terms of a one-year guaranteed franchise tag tender of $16.37 million. He has already stated publicly that he will not sit out the season, a move last week that may be a blink in the stare down.
The talk makes the worst offseason in Saints history even gloomier for Saints fans, who have endured a scandal-ridden, suspension-filled nightmare.