Drew Brees is not a happy camper.
On Thursday, Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune joined PFT Live and dropped a bombshell of a scoop. According to Duncan, Brees will not be signing the New Orleans Saints' franchise tender and will not be participating in the team's offseason workouts next month.
It has previously been reported that Brees was "livid" about the team's decision to use the tag on him.
What It Means
You know that team-first attitude that Brees is known for?
I'd say it's in pretty serious jeopardy right about now.
Brees has a legitimate reason to be miffed at the Saints. Around this time last week, ESPN's Adam Schefter was reporting that the Saints and Brees were having trouble agreeing to a new contract that would have made Brees one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league. Brees wanted Peyton Manning money, and the Saints were only willing to give him Tom Brady money.
Given all that Brees has done for the Saints and the city of New Orleans, nobody has earned a fat contract more than he has.
However, that doesn't mean he can be excused for daring the Saints to play hardball. He could have taken the high road. Instead, he's coming off as a selfish player, and that's not who he is.
Or at least, that's not who he's supposed to be.
What Happens Next
The Saints can't afford to worry about who's in the wrong and who's in the right here. They can't let this situation get any more toxic than it has already become. The team's front office needs to sit down and smooth things out with Brees, which they can do that by giving him the contract extension that he deserves.
Brees has left them no choice, really. The Saints were probably hoping that Brees would sign the tender and just go with the flow, but it's now apparent that he's not going to play nice.
The Saints better get this done. They would be absolutely lost without Brees, and the team can ill afford any more bad press.