ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported on "NFL Live" Tuesday that Brees plans to sit out training camp, as the MVP runner-up in 2011 suggested two weeks ago, absent a contract extension before Monday's deadline. Brees was designated the Saints exclusive franchise player in February and negotiations between the two sides have been tumultuous at times.
Brees faces the July 16 deadline -- the date for all franchise players to sign extensions or play the 2012 season under the franchise marker -- with the alternative being a one-year salary of $16.371 million, the franchise tender for his position.
Brees, as argued by the NFLPA in June, won a grievance the determined he will be owed a 44-percent raise up to $23.785 million if he's again named the Saints' franchise player in 2013.
While Brees is a three-time franchise player, only two of the instances came with the Saints. The other, in 2005, was his final season with the Chargers. Brees would have been owed a 20-percent raise up to about $19.595 million had he lost the grievance.
Brees is coming off of a record-setting season in which he broke Dan Marino's record for passing yards with 5,476 and completed 71.2 percent of his passes, breaking his own record (70.6 in 2009). Brees and the Saints set a record for total offense, gaining 7,474 to beat the 2000 St. Louis Rams' mark of 7.075.
The Saints are thin at the quarterback position. Backup Chase Daniel (hairline fracture in his right thumb) was injured in practice on June 13 and might not be full strength at the start of training camp.
If Brees doesn't report, that could leave the Saints' first-team offense under the direction of Sean Canfield or veteran backup Luke McCown, who signed in June.