The Bucs won't face Drew Brees until Week 7.
Brees wants a long-term deal. Saints management is still sitting on its collective hands, muttering in tongues and dribbling all over themselves.
Turmoil? You bet.
First it was "Bounty Gate", now its "Downtrodden Drew". Things aren't too rosy in the Crescent City.
So does this spell good news for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the rest of the NFC South?
When you take into consideration that it looks like a virtual coin toss between Tom Brady and Brees as to who is the best player in the NFL, well, not having Brees in training camp can't be great for the Saints.
If Brees is going to skip camp and not show up until he has a deal in hand, how far is he willing to go?
Could you imagine not having Josh Freeman in camp? Do you think the Falcons would like to imagine not having Matt Ryan in camp? Would you want a camp without Cam Newton if you were a Carolina Panther fan?
It would be easy to imagine Brees sitting out most of training camp. You might even picture him missing a regular season game, but it's doubtful he'd be willing to sit out an entire year. He can report before the fifth game and still have it count as an entire season.
The Buccaneers won't face the Saints until Week 7 on Oct. 21 at home. Their second encounter will be Week 15 in New Orleans.
Would a Brees holdout help the Bucs?
But it sure wouldn't hurt.