There aren't many players in today's NFL who know how to deliver a message -- whether that be to the union, teammates or the media -- better than Drew Brees.
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"I'm excited about the unknown. In a lot of ways, we don't necessarily know what to expect," Brees said. "With all this stuff swirling around us, in the end, all we can worry about is what we can control and focus on the process and the result will take care of itself."
Brees -- who recently filed an affidavit supporting the linebacker's defamation suit against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell -- spoke glowingly of the team's exiled defensive leader.
"I don't know if you can fill that role or that void. Vilma was Vilma. He was such a charismatic leader," he said. "He worked as hard as he talked. He was one of those guys, you've never seen a guy who was such a great player himself and spent so much time developing younger players."
The quarterback is finding sunshine, even with storm clouds all around. Brees called Payton's sideline leg injury last season a "blessing in disguise" that gives the team a template how to operate when he's not around.