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08:02 AM ET 03.22 | Drew Brees wouldn't have far to go for an explanation of the news that left him speechless Wednesday. [Brees] only needs to read the NFL's announcement on bounty discipline, which details what [Sean Payton] did -- and what Payton failed to do -- regarding the bounty scandal. ... The big question now is how this will affect Brees going forward. Brees is a free agent tagged with the exclusive franchise tender, which means he's not under contract with the Saints but isn't allowed to negotiate a contract with any other team, either. Brees was already reluctant to sign the exclusive tender offer, and he's surely going to be even more reluctant now that his beloved head coach won't be there.

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March 22, 2012  08:11 AM ET

Who Dat?!

March 22, 2012  08:20 AM ET

Dumb Move by Dumb People!

March 22, 2012  08:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Dumb Move by Dumb People!

"People"?

Nah... It was only Goodell.

March 22, 2012  08:22 AM ET

When the Saints hired Spags as their new DC I thought they looked good for another Superbowl win. I think I just changed my mind about that.

March 22, 2012  08:24 AM ET

The bloom is off me.
-Signed, A rose (Saints)

March 22, 2012  08:26 AM ET

His beloved head coach? I'm not sure I like that choice of words.

March 22, 2012  08:28 AM ET

Once the player suspensions are handed down, "Who Dat?" will be what the fans say when they look at the Saints' starting defense.

March 22, 2012  08:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The Saints had thier chance to comply, they ignored, they get what they get

Werd

March 22, 2012  08:38 AM ET

Payton's arrogance got him. It is called hubris.

March 22, 2012  08:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

"People"?Nah... It was only Goodell.

I'd go with Mickey Loomis. He was told to break up any bounty program in the organization, and it sounds like he blew off his boos and let things go on as they had been. (That makes me think Loomis didn't have the balls to cross Sean Payton.)

And this isn't the first time Loomis has been mentioned in a scandal involving the Saints. When the Saints were being investigated for the theft of Vicodin from their training facility a few months after the Saints won the Super Bowl, Loomis allegedly tried to sweep that mess under the rug.

Tom Benson should be putting some serious consideration into firing Loomis right about now.

March 22, 2012  08:47 AM ET

Wow...talk about falling from a great height... SB champions yesterday, a franchise unravelling at the seams today.....now probably losing their franchise QB... the Saints got their halos "knocked clean off"......

March 22, 2012  08:56 AM ET

Everybody ready for Brees watch now?

March 22, 2012  08:57 AM ET

The thugs who took over the stadium after Katrina never really left.

March 22, 2012  08:57 AM ET

Going back to being the AINT'S..

March 22, 2012  09:01 AM ET

How stupid are the Saints for not locking him up with a contract. I hope he walks.

March 22, 2012  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Everybody ready for Brees watch now?

It's a good thing Alex Smith signed an extension already.

March 22, 2012  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

The thugs who took over the stadium after Katrina never really left.

Ouch!

 
March 22, 2012  09:06 AM ET

Drew... Come to Dallas Bro.

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