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Drew Brees threatens to miss training camp

July 11, 2012 at 12:50 PM
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NEW ORLEANS, July 11 (UPI) -- New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees said he will not report to training camp if the Saints and he cannot agree on a contract by 4 p.m. Monday.

Brees said he will not report to training camp when it begins on July 24 or sign a franchise tender with the Saints if the team and him do not agree to a long-term contract by that day, ESPN reported.

If Brees does not have a contract by Monday, he will be required to play next season under the franchise tender, the report said. Brees will receive $16.371 million under the franchise tender but would not be allowed to sign with other teams as a free agent.

The Saints have offered Brees a contract of $19.25 million per year. Brees is asking for a contract of $20.5 million per year. If the Saints place the franchise tender on Brees next year, Brees will receive $23.57 million.

It is unclear whether Brees will report to the Saints' first regular season game Sept. 9 against the Washington Redskins, the report said.

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