With the NFL players and owners at an impasse in negotiations, Saints quarterback Drew Brees said some players are suffering more than others as a result of the work stoppage.
“If you combine rookie free agents that aren’t able to sign with a team right now and the veteran free agents, you’re talking over a thousand guys that literally don’t have a job right now but have NFL talent,” Brees told Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “Those are the guys that are really struggling right now. There have been a few comments by guys out there, Ray Lewis, Wes Welker, Reggie (Bush), ‘Oh yeah I love this (time off).’ Well, yeah, you’re an established player, and you’ve been getting a big paycheck here for a long time, so you really have nothing to worry about.
“But think about the thousand-plus others that make up the majority of this league, that don’t have a job. There’s a lot of uncertainty in their life and their families. It’s tough for those guys. I hope people understand that. I mean, we’re not asking people to feel sorry for us, but this is just the situation we’re in. How do we make the most of it? Well, each team just stick together and take care of one another.”