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Bounty? What bounty? Brees calls scandal 'a big shock'

  • By Dan Hanzus NFL.com
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So really now: What did Drew Brees know about the New Orleans Saints' "bounty" program?

Brees says he was in the dark. Of course, if Brees was aware teammates actively were attempting to disembowel Wrangler pitchmen for money, he'd probably have the exact same stance, right?

It's hard not to be a skeptic. Brees joined Fox Sports Radio on Friday, where the pay-for-performance scandal was a natural topic of discussion.

"Well, obviously the whole bounty situation is disappointing for all of us, just because for me, I really had no idea what was going on," Brees said (via SportsRadioInterviews.com). "... And to be honest, a lot of us found ourselves searching for answers and facts here the past few weeks.”

Brees reiterated he didn't see any of this coming.

"For all of us, it was a big shock, especially as all this was coming out -- all of us were kind of looking at each other like, 'Was this stuff really going on right under our noses and all of us had no idea?' " he said. "... I think the perception might be different from the reality in certain cases with this thing, because it sure has been painted that we're all guilty and we've all been doing these heinous things."

It will be interesting to see how the "bounty" fallout could affect Brees down the road. Will other teams -- let's use the Vikings as an obvious example -- look for payback now that the Saints' dirty secret was exposed?

Brees is a respected guy and a voracious union defender, so it's doubtful. But the possibility exists, right?

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