Today, while the owners circled the wagons for their own, previously scheduled, owners meetings, the players union and its reps were still in Washington DC, waiting to resume negotiations. Both sides have gone out and used the press in this dispute, none have used it better than the players, specifically Drew Brees. Brees, despite the lack of affection felt for him in Tampa, has looked good throughout this process. Despite being insulted at meetings by Panthers curmudgeon Jerry Richardson, Brees was gracious and professional in discussing the incident with reporters. Whenever asked about the progress he has always offered a frank, yet optimistic take on things. Like him or not, Drew Brees has done a good job of providing the player reps with some credibility.
So that’s why when he tweets on Tuesday night that the players are there, waiting to negotiate, it was noticed. This was purely political, Brees knew the owners had a prior obligation and they had even moved the dates around the make room for more meetings. But Brees comes off as a good guy, much like he didn’t throw Richardson under the bus, he doesn’t come right out and call out the owners. But make no mistake about it, everyone knows who he’s referring to.