Drew Brees echos thoughts of New Orleans Saints fans; vague on contract

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Jan 14, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) warms up before the 2011 NFC divisional playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. San Francisco defeated New Orleans 36-32. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was answering questions at a press conference during his charity golf event yesterday and echoed some stances taken by fans, expect one that we all want to know the answer to.

Brees was diplomatic in his answers to questions concerning the “pay for performance” investigation by the NFL.  He stated that it was hard hearing the words said by former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

Hard because of the nature of what was said, but also because the Saints were in the middle of trying to balance a questionable offseason involving free agency.  No doubt, the words were damaging to the team itself, but the public perception it cast and doubters it brought forth. 

Minnesota Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe recently implied if the Saints hadn’t been so brutal to Farve in the 2010 NFC Championship game, they would have gone on and won the Super Bowl. 

Brees also touched on a matter for clarity sake.  He made sure to say that there is a big difference in “pay for performance” and “pay for injury”, which he thinks some have confused.

It’s obvious that the team conducted an incentive based player performance system, even former safety Darren Sharper admitted that happened.  Brees just didn’t like the “bounty” label that has been used beyond it’s welcome.

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