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Fri, 13 Apr 2012 02:06 PM EDT

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees isn’t tipping his hand regarding whether he’ll attend the team’s voluntary offseason program that starts Monday.

Speaking at a meeting to promote his charity golf competition, Brees continually was asked if he’ll show up Monday at the team’s facility in Metairie, La.

“We’re continuing to work on a long term deal,” Brees told reporters in California. When asked the same query one or two other ways, Brees answered with the same answer.

The Saints placed the exclusive-rights franchise tag on Brees just before the start of free agency. The tag means Brees would earn about $16 million in 2012, but he has still to sign the tender.

Even whilst he temporarily tabled negotiations in the 2nd half the 2011 season, Brees ceaselessly has said he is expecting to work out a long term deal before next season.

If an offer isn’t in place or Brees has not signed his tender by Monday, it could make for another crazy day in the Saints’ already stressful offseason. Coach Sean Payton is lined up to start his season-long suspension on April 16 and an interim coach hasn’t been named yet.

When asked questions concerning the bounty situation, Brees announced: “This is a shock to all of us.”

He also was questioned about the recording in which previous New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams urged his team to target San Francisco players for injury in a speech the night before last season’s playoff game.

“Hard for everyone to hear,” Brees related.

Brees was asked if he believed he had been a target of a bounty program during his career.

“I know this, that when a fellow has an opportunity to take a shot at the quarterback, he’s going to take it,” Brees expounded. “I’m not saying that he’s attempting to end your career that he’s trying give you a concussion or what have you, but between the knees and the neck, they are attempting to take you out every single time. My opinion is that for certain, each defensive player that’s attempting to hit you. That’s just football. We play an extreme game.”

Then, he added: “I am not condoning by any means any type of a bounty framework, and I’ll explain that there is a distinction between pay-for-performance and pay-for-injury, and I’d say what we have been accused of in regards to pay-for-injury is not the case.”

Beginning the offseason system without Brees might only complicate things further for the Saints, but he continued to keep his job as the team’s undisputed leader Tuesday. Football lines

“Whatever’s thrown at us this year, we’ll continue on to thrive,” Brees said when asked the way in which the Saints will get thru the problems.

Brees can’t practice unless he signs his franchise tender or works out a long-term offer. Football betting lines

In 2011, Drew Brees broke Dan Marino’s 27 year-old record for most passing yards in one season (5,084) in the 15th game of the season (week 16) towards the Atlanta Falcons at home in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with a TD pass to Darren Sproles.

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