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With the possibility that Drew Brees won't attend the Saints' offseason program next week, interim head coach Joe Vitt said the team might bring in another quarterback.

Brees was unhappy with being given the team's franchise tag, which he hasn't signed, and the sides haven't been able to agree on a long-term deal.

New Orleans had 64 players at its rookie minicamp, and someone from that group could be added to the roster. If Brees doesn't attend next week, Chase Daniel will practice with the first team and Sean Canfield, who has spent the past two seasons shuttling between the practice squad, active roster and the waiver wire, would be second string.

"Obviously we haven't had any time with him in the classroom. Really he's just focusing on the weight room," offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael said of Daniel. "This will be an opportunity for him and he knows it. He'll have an opportunity to work with the ones if Drew's not here."

Vitt declined to comment on reports that Brees and the Saints haven't communicated for a month, and is leaving the negotiations to general manager Mickey Loomis.

"I've never been a math major and I'm not an accounting major so there's nothing I could advise Mickey to do that what he already knows how to do," said Vitt. "Those guys are both on the same page and have the same aspirations and same goals. This is going to get done. I don't anybody ever thought it was going to be easy. I think they're both working to the same goal."

To this point, Brees has only missed conditioning with the team, and the new aspects of the offense - Carmichael said "five percent or may ten percent" is new from year to year - have yet to be installed.

"This is really going on year seven for us with Sean's (Payton) offense," said Carmichael. "The progression is pretty smooth."
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