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Drew Brees vows not to skip season, despite dispute

We're mere weeks away from the start of the New Orleans Saints' training camp, and Drew Brees remains in limbo.

Brees said Tuesday he's "confident" a long-term contract will be worked out with the team. We've heard this for months -- and so have the fans -- but Brees took things one step further in a subsequent conversation with ESPN.

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"I would never sit out a football season," Brees said on "Outside the Lines." "I love this game too much, I love my team too much, but obviously there's a lot that can happen between now and then, so let's just hope we can get a long-term deal done ... Over the last month, (talks have) picked up. There was a dry spell there for a bit."

Saints faithful are trapped in the middle of a mess. They've been yanked all over town this offseason.

If it weren't for the "bounty" drama, we'd have spent this offseason talking about the Saints streaming toward February with a chance to play in the Super Bowl in their home stadium. You don't hear that thrown around much these days, but we shouldn't forget how talented this team is; how close it came a season ago.

If the Saints are tainted, the play of Brees is not. Without him, this wayward ship will disappear into dark waters.

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