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Fans Set Up Website To Fund Brees Contract

The Saints and Drew Brees appear to still be far apart on talks regarding a long-term contract.

A group of the fleur-de-lis faithful have set up a website, FansStepUp.com, which seeks donations aimed at bridging the gap between whatever the Saints are offering Brees and whatever Brees wants.

Through Tuesday, the effort had raised $738.09.

Via Pro Football Talk

Things Will Get Interesting If Brees Sits In 2012

It has been speculated that Drew Brees could be in for a 44% raise in 2013 under the collective bargaining agreement if the Saints use their franchise tag on him again.

However, the quarterback could use a much more potent tactic if he's willing to walk away with $16.371 million next season.

Article 10, Section 15(c) of the labor deal explains that, if Brees doesn't play in 2012, he can be tendered as a franchise player once again in 2013.

However, if Brees hold out for all of 2012, the Saints would be prevented from using the exclusive version of the franchise tag on Brees in 2013.

While the Saints would have the right to match any offer sheet Brees signs elsewhere in 2013, a new team could put together a monstrous offer - and then the Saints would have to decide whether to finally pay Brees or let him walk away.

Via Pro Football Talk

Saints Will Keep Blitzing Under Spagnuolo

The Saints had a blitz-heavy identity under outgoing defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and they expect to maintain that under Steve Spagnuolo.

No team in the league sent more six- and seven-man rushes over the past two seasons.

Spagnuolo is implementing more zone coverage in the secondary, but the team's approach up front will be similar.

"It's extremely aggressive," linebacker Chris Chamberlain explained of Spagnuolo's scheme.

"I think if Spags had it his way, he would like to blitz and pressure on every down."

Via Pro Football Talk

Moore: Brees Deserves To Be Highest-Paid Quarterback

Drew Brees hasn't yet received a long-term contract from the Saints, but one of his teammates believes he should soon be the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL.

"I think he deserves the world," wide receiver Lance Moore said.

"He's done things that have never been done before," Moore added.

Via NFL.com

New Orleans Could Host 2013 Pro Bowl

We still don't know if a Pro Bowl will be held this year, but if one takes place New Orleans and Hawaii are two potential hosts.

The Times-Picayune writes that New Orleans is a "leading candidate" to host the game.

The game was in Hawaii the past two years because Dallas and Indianapolis didn't feel like "destination" places for players.

Superdome general manager Alan Freeman said they are keeping the stadium available for the game.

Via NFL.com

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