My story: Sean Gilbert, the last man to take a year-long stand, backs Saints QB Drew Brees

Saints QB Drew Brees is looking at a lot of things these days/AP

There are so few people who can understand what Drew Brees is going through. The Saints franchise quarterback is without a contract for 2012, and he doesn’t want to sign his franchise tag that provides no long-term security.

A contract drama that has played out in public may result in Brees missing mandatory mini-camp, some of training camp, and then who knows? The possibilities are chilling and endless.

To gain some perspective, I spoke to the one person who can understand what Brees is going through and what his options are — Former Pro Bowl DT Sean Gilbert.

Still the last player to sit out the entire season in protest of the franchise tag, Gilbert took the one stand so few have taken. He risked never playing football again for what he believed in.

Should Brees make the same play?

You have to take a stand for what’s right for you and what’s right for your future,” Gilbert told me. “If you know your worth, then why aren’t you getting your worth. If (Brees) knows his worth, then there should be some common ground between him and the management that he should be able to come to to get the deal done. I mean, this is not rocket science…

Check out my story with Gilbert’s take on Brees posted on

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