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NFL Rumors: Drew Brees May Holdout From Training Camp

The New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees have until Monday , July 16th at approximately 4p.m. ET to agree on a new contract. Drew Brees isn’t planning on signing his franchise tender and could possibly skip camp without a new deal in place.

The Saints offered Brees a contract that would average $19.25 million per year, which would be a slightly larger amount than Peyton Manning’s $19.2 million with the Denver Broncos. Brees holds leverage here, and is seeking a deal that would pay him roughly $20.5 million a year.

Statistically, Brees has been one of the NFL’s most efficient quarterbacks in the league since signing with New Orleans in ’06. Brees has more victories than any starting quarterback and won both a Super Bowl and MVP during the ’09 season. For a team that’s faced a lot of controversy this off-season and is without their head coach, it’s paramount to have your starting QB in camp. He’s the leader of that team, and the franchise needs him.

There’s still great optimism that both sides will be able to hammer a deal that benefits both sides before Monday’s deadline.  All players designated as a franchise player has until Monday’s deadline to reach a long-term agreement. After that deadline, those players can only play by signing their franchise tag. Therefore, Brees must play under his $16.3 million franchise tag or not play at all if a new deal isn’t in place by Monday evening at 4 p.m.

The Saints start camp July 26th and even if Brees misses time, he can report without being fined as long as he signs his tender.

Emmanual Benton is a featured Washington Redskins columnist for Rantsports.com and a NFL Rumors section contributor. If you enjoy talking Redskins and all things NFL, follow Emmanual on Twitter: