Sooner or later, the Drew Brees-New Orleans Saints contract impasse will end.
The most likely outcome is a lavish deal that keeps the star quarterback in the fold for years to come. But while both camps can then claim victory for negotiating the terms most favorable to their respective sides, there will be no debate about who was the biggest winner from this lengthy haggling.
With an unsigned Brees not attending the team's offseason program, his understudy has the luxury of playing with the Saints' first-team offense. Such work is welcomed considering Brees usually gets most if not all of the starting snaps. In three NFL seasons with New Orleans, Daniel has attempted just eight regular-season passes, exclusively in mop-up duty.
"I feel comfortable stepping into the role I'm in," Daniel recently told me and co-host Gil Brandt on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "I really have been bonding with the first-team receivers and the line.
"Given this opportunity I have right now, I ca...