NFL Lockout: New Orleans Saints QB Paying for Workouts out of His Pocket
Saints Among Several Teams Organizing Workouts
Add Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints to the list as another team holding organized workouts without the coaches.
That list includes Dallas, Cleveland and the New York Giants among a few other teams, although some of the players are trying to keep quiet about it.
These workouts are being held at the player's own risk, meaning if they get hurt, the team will not necessarily pick up the cost of healthcare once the lockout is lifted.
Although several teammates helped organize and coordinate the program, Brees was unequivocally its Big Chief.
He began planning the workouts weeks ago when the likelihood of a lockout progressed from possible to probable. He contacted Tulane athletic director Rick Dickson in March, worked out the details and kept his teammates informed via email.
"This is Drew's baby," right tackle Jon Stinchcomb said.
Make no mistake about it, Brees is a leader and he wants to win another Super Bowl.
The story estimates Brees’ expenses could run into five figures, which may not be that big of a dent for a guy who signed a $60 million contract in 2006 and figures to sign an even larger one soon.
If the Saints get back to and win the Super Bowl in 2011, it will be considered money well spent.
The players may be just as guilty as the owners in causing the lockout in my opinion, but at least a lot of them are intelligent enough to realize sitting back and relaxing throughout the summer would be a big mistake once football does return.
The teams who get together now and practice will be the teams to watch when the 2011 season opens.
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