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Saints to pursue Brees

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Mar 10, 2006.

  1. robdog

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    Source: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/story/9298528">NFL.com</a>

    By Adam Schefter

    (March 10, 2006) -- New Orleans isn't feeling sorry for itself.

    If anything, it is making the Saints even more determined to put on an enormous free-agent push, trying to convince players to make New Orleans the first stop on their free-agent tour once the signing period opens at 12:01 a.m. ET on March 11.

    Don't be surprised to see them succeed.

    Players atop the Saints wish list include San Diego's quarterback <a href="http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/235197">Drew Brees</a> and Carolina's linebacker <a href="http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/302150">Will Witherspoon</a>, two of the top players in this free-agent class. The Saints were expected to begin making immediate plans to try to bring both players to New Orleans for visits, especially Brees.

    Landing Brees would be a boon for the Saints, and it potentially could alter the top of the 2006 NFL Draft.

    Many are expecting the Saints to draft a quarterback, probably USC's Matt Leinart, with the No. 2 overall pick. But if the Saints can land Brees, they would have no need to draft a quarterback at No. 2. They then would look to trade out of the No. 2 spot, selling the pick to the highest bidder, and allowing the Saints the chance to move back in the draft for the right to land even more players.

    The Saints have a lot riding on Brees. But the franchise and the city are ready to make their sell job.
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