Casey Hayward

Chargers and Saints joint practices prove to be a study in NFL diplomacy

Chargers and Saints joint practices prove to be a study in NFL diplomacy

The Saints fans who remained at Jack Hammett Sports Complex long after practice ended alternated chants of “We want Drew” and “Who ’Dat?” hoping to lure their team’s quarterback over for another round of autographs.

Drew Brees, who had just finished signing for an entire section of other fans, started jogging off the field, but he couldn’t ignore the boisterous section. He winced, knowing he was about to let these people down. He mimed a bench press, said he needed to lift weights, politely apologized and ran toward the bus, leaving a hundred or so people mildly disappointed.

After two days of practices between the Saints and Chargers, this would be as...

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