Originally posted on The Saints Nation  |  Last updated 5/17/12
As frustrating as Drew Brees not being under contract has been for all parties involved, the one impressive part of the situation was both sides refusal to play the media game. Up until yesterday, the talks have remained incredibly tight lipped and private, with only hearsay tidbits being dropped by the media citing "sources familiar with talks". That all changed when Brees finally went public, though, and now the game has changed. Before it was all good faith negotiating. Now, the media has officially been brought in, which suggests the negotiations have reached a stage where Brees no longer believes he can attain his wants without the help of spin to the public to gain fan sympathy. To the Saints credit, so far they haven't taken the bait. The key date always has been July 16th and it remains so. Despite this unfortunate turn, the Saints still have 2 months to figure this out. If July 16th comes and Brees is forced to live with his franchise tender only, then it's a disaster. Until
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