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Brees, Bolts want to make a deal

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Jan 12, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2006/01/12/sports/professional/chargers/21_10_251_11_06.txt" target="_blank">North County Times</a>

    By Jay Paris

    <img src="http://www.bolttalk.com/images/brees17.jpg" class="right" alt="Drew Brees" />SAN DIEGO ---- Call it sling and yang.

    Life has balance for Chargers quarterback Drew Brees, despite his mending right arm resting, post-surgery, in a harness. Brees said in a conference call Wednesday afternoon that the Chargers ---- regardless of his medical hardship ---- are bullish on his future.

    With the Chargers.

    "They've told me that they want to pursue me long-term,'' Brees said from Birmingham, Ala., where he will stay two more weeks rehabbing after Thursday's operation on his throwing shoulder. "I know that's something for the next few months that everybody is going to be working on.

    "As far as what's gone on to this point, it's really not much. I think we're in the very beginning stages here. I know they want me there long-term and I want to be there long-term.''

    Brees made noise about obtaining a multiyear deal after his original pact expired following the 2004 season. Brees was eager to stay in San Diego after arriving in 2001 with standout running back LaDainian Tomlinson, two proud Texans eager to flip the Chargers' losing image.

    They did so in '04, with the Chargers claiming their first AFC West title since 1994. Brees produced a Pro Bowl season (27 touchdown passes, seven interceptions), but the Chargers only delivered a one-year, $8 million franchise player contract to Brees in '05. They wanted proof Brees wasn't a one-year wonder.

    Brees' encore was solid, as he completed 322-of-500 passes for 3,576 yards (64 percent) 24 touchdowns and 15 interceptions for an 89.2 rating, 10th-best in the NFL.

    "I just think he is an outstanding quarterback and we want him to be a part of the San Diego Chargers,'' Smith said. "We're trying to win a championship and hope he will be part of that. A gesture has been made.''

    Smith said Ed McGuire, the Chargers' lead negotiator, will contact Tom Condon, Brees' agent.

    The talkative Brees let two of Smith's offseason intentions slip out ---- regarding him and Philip Rivers.

    "Philip will be a San Diego Charger,'' Smith said. "He will not be traded.''

    Rivers' patience is wearing thin. The 2004 draft's fourth overall pick has zero starts and is eager to get his career rolling.

    While hedging against demanding a trade, Rivers' goal is to start.

    "Obviously my hope and desire is to be starting somewhere (next) year and that is the way I'm approaching the offseason,'' said Rivers, who was 12-of-22 for 115 yards with an interception when relieving Brees in the finale.

    Brees dislocated his throwing shoulder and tore the labrum ---- a ring of cartilage that stabilizes the joint ---- attempting to dive on his fumble in the Chargers' season finale against the Denver Broncos on Dec 31.

    He underwent surgery by noted orthopedic sports surgeon James Andrews in Birmingham on Thursday. Andrews, incidentally, had a heart attack over the weekend and remains hospitalized.

    Brees' recovery time is expected to be about four months, with no damage discovered to his rotator cuff. He could miss some offseason workouts, but it's anticipated he will be near full strength for July's training camp.

    "I'd love to be throwing in May, and we'll kind of see how this whole thing goes,'' Brees said. "But really the most important thing is to be ready to go by training camp.''

    Smith said he wanted Brees to attack his rehabilitation with a clear mind. That's why Smith lobbed Brees a call the day before his procedure.

    "I just wanted him to know that I didn't want him to worry about it,'' Smith said. "Just get out of surgery and your rehab, get well, get back healthy and help us win a championship.''

    But Brees' injury potentially threw a curve into the Chargers' offseason plans, in which determining the free-agent Brees' status was task No. 1.

    Among their options was designating him the single-season, franchise or transition player, which gives the Chargers first right of refusal and various compensation packages if he's signed by another team.

    And the Chargers could still go that route if multiyear contract talks stall before the Feb. 23 designation deadline. The Chargers and Brees must agree to a deal which will be loaded with stipulations regarding Brees' health.

    "Are there medical concerns? Absolutely," Smith said. "And we're not going to have some of those answers when we proceed.''

    Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer recently signed a six-year extension which included $30 million in bonuses, salaries and options the first two years and is potentially worth $118 million. That was before Palmer suffered a serious knee injury in Sunday's playoff loss to Pittsburgh.

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