New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will be a no-show for training camp unless he signs a long-term contract in place before Monday.
The Saints have tagged Brees as their franchise player, which means he would be paid more than $16.3 million for the 2012 season, but he has refused to sign the tender and won't report to camp on July 24 without a new deal, according to ESPN.com.
Brees has indicated he won't miss the regular season but the report suggests he may keep the Saints in the dark about when he will report. The Saints open the regular season Sept. 9 against the Washington Redskins.
If Brees is not signed to a long-term deal by Monday, the only way he will be able to play in '12 is by signing the Saints franchise tender. If he does, the team cannot negotiate a long-term deal until the season ends.
The Saints have reportedly offered Brees a contract that averages $19.25 million per season, slightly more than what the Denver Broncos are paying Peyton Manning, but sources indicate he's looking for an average of $20.5 million per season.
Brees, who led the Saints to the Super Bowl title in 2009, passed for 5,476 yards and 46 touchdowns last season.
AP 'BRUISED' IN ARREST
The lawyer for Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson says his client needed treatment for facial injuries suffering during his arrest Saturday in Texas.
Rusty Hardin told radio station KFAN that Peterson has bruises and that his shoulders were "wrenched" during the incident at a Houston nightclub. Peterson's father previously claimed his son received a black eye.
"We're talking about bruises," Hardin said. "We're not talking about anything that will affect his ability to play or anything like that."
Peterson was arrested after allegedly pushing an off-duty cop who was acting as a security guard for the nightclub. He's been charged with resisting arrest.
Hardin, who represented ex-pitcher Roger Clemens during his perjury trial, said Monday that Peterson was the "victim," not the aggressor in the incident. He indicated Tuesday that multiple witnesses will confirm Peterson's version of what happened.
BILLS SHARING LOAD?
The Buffalo Bills could go with a two-back system this season, sharing the load between Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller.
Jackson was the Bills' No. 1 ball carrier last season and racked up six 100-yard games before breaking his leg in November. Spiller ran for five touchdowns over the final five games.
Now, it seems, both will get the carry the rock.
"I can promise you this, we will not make everybody happy," Bills coach Chan Gailey said Tuesday on the team's website. "That will not happen this year. The only thing that will make everybody happy is winning. That's what the goal is, to come up with plans that incorporate everybody's abilities that allow us to win. Other than that, I can't predict what's going to happen as far as percentages for their touches."
PACK GETTIN' PAID
A Super Bowl win followed by a near-perfect season paid off for the Green Bay Packers.
The Packers, thanks to a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV, reported a net profit from operations of nearly $28 million in 2011, an increase of more than $20 million from the previous year, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal reported Tuesday.
"I think that (win), along with the 15-1 regular season, really spurred us on," Packers CEO Mark Murphy said. "What I would say is that the profits have been very positive, and we are really excited about it because we are investing those profits in the stadium and we are improving the fan experience through our renovation."
The Packers net income rose dramatically to $42.7 million. They set league records for net income, profit from operations, total revenue and local revenue.
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