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Drew Brees says workouts put Saints “way ahead of other teams”

Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees leaves after football labor negotiations with the NFL involving a federal mediator in Washington Thursday, March 3, 2011.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


We noted this morning that the Saints, led by Drew Brees, are getting together for the first time today for a series of organized workouts. After this morning’s session, which 37 players attended, Brees said he thinks the Saints are going to be ahead of the rest of the league when the lockout ends.

“We would all be working out somewhere anyway, so why not do it together,” Brees said. “I feel like this is putting us way ahead of other teams by having it so organized.”

On the other hand, Brees, as one of the named plaintiffs in the players’ lawsuit against the NFL, understands why some players are hesitant to get together for any kind of organized workout as long as the lockout is on.

“I don’t blame them if they’re not here,” Brees said of the Saints who didn’t attend. “We have no injury protection [as we would] if we were at the facility. You take a risk by being here.”

But it’s a risk that Brees thinks will yield a significant reward for the Saints when the season starts.

UPDATE: Video proof: