Saints kick off mandatory minicamp without Drew Brees

The New Orleans Saints kick off three days of minicamp with five practices open to the public today.

No one is going to spot Drew Brees on the field, though. The Saints will go through mandatory veteran minicamp without their All-Pro quarterback. Brees is trolling for a long-term contract with a massive pay day and he is not required to attend because the club has placed the franchise tag on him and he has yet to sign the tender.

Instead, a quarterback similar in stature will run the offense – Chase Daniel – the understudy for the past three years after a record-setting career at Missouri. It’s a little perplexing the Brees’ situation has dragged out this far after the number of times the quarterback, the general manager, the owner, the interim coach and just about everyone else that has been polled has said the deal will get done.

Yes, eventually a deal will get done. It’s just a shame the deal has not been completed before the opening of minicamp, and it’s almost impossible to imagine the totality of the offseason storm the Saints have been through not affecting the regular season. Brees’ contract situation, of course, is just a small part of that.

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