Saints quarterback Drew Brees could run for president of the Players’ Association when the role will be up for a vote in March, writes USA Today’s Tom Pelissero (on Twitter). Current player president Domonique Foxworth retired in 2012 and rules prohibit him from serving on the board since he didn’t play this past season.
“I’ve given it thought,” Brees said of becoming union president. “There’s a lot of guys that I feel like would be great presidents. I think that it requires a lot of time. And regardless of whether I ever choose to do that or not, I’ll always be involved.”
The Saints’ signal caller, who has sat on the executive committee for six years, is considered a shoe-in for the presidency if he chooses to run. However, Brees has turned down nominations twice before, two people with knowledge of the process told Pelissero. Meanwhile, Brees says that the state of the union is strong despite the fact that some are said to be unhappy with executive director DeMaurice Smith over the last CBA. Multiple executive committee members say that confidence is high in Smith, but he has detractors among agents, player reps, and the rank and file
Executive committee members Charlie Batch, Brian Dawkins, Scott Fujita, Matt Light, Brandon Moore, and Jeff Saturday will also need to be replaced in March. An eighth member, Cowboys guard Brian Waters, may choose to give up his spot if he retires, which would leave just three holdovers in Brees, Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, and Saints tight end Ben Watson.