UNOFFICIAL WORKOUT LEADER
The Saints quarterback is practicing with teammates at Tulane while awaiting a Court of Appeals hearing on the legality of the lockout.
How many players are working out with you?
Drew Brees: We've got about 40 guys on any given day. Some of these guys are free agents. Some of them don't have contracts with the Saints. Yet as far as I'm concerned, they're members of our team until they sign elsewhere. Who knows when that will be. Obviously this is pretty unpredictable for all of us—even for a guy like me. I'm on the [NFLPA] executive committee, so I was in a lot of those mediation sessions before the lockout. I've stayed up to speed with what's happening in the courts. And you still feel pretty helpless. You're just kind of sitting there waiting for judges to make their decision.
What are the chances now of missing games in the upcoming season?
DB: I don't know, because it's really all about this appeal that's going to be heard in the Eighth Circuit on June 3. Then who knows how long [a decision] will take—six weeks, eight weeks? That puts us into late July, early August. In that case, even if the appeal is upheld, we still go to camp much later than we would have otherwise, without having an off-season program formally with our teams. Although that's what we're trying to change by doing what we're doing here.
Why isn't Reggie Bush working out with you guys?
DB: I don't know. I know he's got his workout structured on the West Coast. There are some guys that have guys they train with, and there are some guys who are not healthy yet—they're coming off off-season surgeries, and they might have a rehab guy they're working with, and that's fine. We've done our best to bring the guys together to train with a purpose. And to make sure we're prepared for when this lockout does end.
If you were Reggie Bush, how would you feel about the Saints' spending a first-round draft pick on running back Mark Ingram?