New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees wanted no part of the blame for "Bountygate" during an appearance on NBC's "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno Wednesday. Brees, who has been franchised by the Saints and is unhappy about it, said that the offensive players were not in the loop when it came to their teammates on defense getting paid extra for injury-causing or game-ending hits. "There's so much speculation as to what went on ... a lot of us were in the dark," Brees said. He later added that "just the accusations alone" were "really a black eye" for the Saints organization.
That thump you have heard was his coach Sean Payton, GM Mickey Loomis and former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams being thrown under the bus. Brees speculated on Peyton Manning's fate, leaning toward Denver or Miami as teams to sign the ex-Colts QB. Brees, who set the NFL single-season passing record in 2011 with 5,476 yards, said he has no desire to shop himself around the league in the future and wants to stay long-term in New Orleans. "I don't want to consider that," Brees said when asked about free agency. Brees also talked about his culinary tastes (he eats "beef and macaroni" before each game) and a new "Untouchables" campaign he's doing for Dick's Sporting Goods.
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