Saints Update: Lockout Over
Posted on Jul 22, 2011 in Local Issues, Sports
After months of tense negotiations between players and owners, the lockout has finally come to an end. With the first preseason game only three weeks away, the agreement came just in time for both Saint’s fans and local businesses.
The Saints should be better prepared to handle an abbreviated training camp than most teams, benefiting from the team workouts put together by Drew Brees. The player led workouts were a boost to the team’s unity and to Bree’s popularity in the city, but a rumored scandal had some members of Who Dat Nation doubting their leader.
Amid an ongoing PR battle with hall of fame linebacker Sam Huff, reports surfaced that Brees was trying to cut a special deal for himself. The disagreement between Huff and Brees has been discussed extensively elsewhere, and Brees has taken to Twitter to deny any claims of a special deal. While the rumors around the MVP quarterback may be dispelled, Reggie Bush has a few of his own to deal with.
Ever since USC running back Mark Ingram was drafted, speculators have predicted Reggie’s departure from New Orleans, and the new collective bargaining agreement has added fuel to the fire. Under the new CBA, the Saints only have $11.7 million in cap space to deal with 26 possible unrestricted free agents. That compares to the $11.8 promised to Reggie for the 2011-2012 season. With a promising rookie in the lineup, Sean Peyton might be tempted to free up some valuable cap space.
Even with Reggie’s future unclear, Saint’s fans can look forward to a great season of football.