If he's telling the truth, and the medical staff didn't clear Brees, then you have a hard time holding it against him. But what makes me believe that this is total BS, is the fact that New Orleans WAS willing to sign him. That makes me think our staff just got cold feet. I seriously doubt that the medical staff in New Orleans is any better than the one in Miami.
I believe it was reported back then, that Miami doctors failed him on the physical. I believe NOS didn't care about the injured shoulder. They did not believe it to be any type of a concern.
Here is an article written back in Mar. When Manning was a FA
The Miami Dolphins figure to be one of the most aggressive teams in bidding for the services of Peyton Manning, who will be released by Indianapolis on Wednesday morning. In pursuing Peyton Manning, Dolphins will remember Drew BreesAnother one written in 2009 By Adam Schefter |
In doing so, the Dolphins will be mindful of what happened six years ago when they let a prime opportunity get away.
In 2006, the Dolphins were in the market for a quarterback and had a chance to sign Drew Brees, who was coming off a devastating shoulder injury. Brees had been released by San Diego, which had decided to cast its lot with Philip Rivers.
Brees and his wife visited Miami, loved it, and the quarterback was prepared to sign with the Dolphins. Dolphins coaches and executives loved him too, seeing Brees as an ideal fit for that organization. What's more, they knew they were in competition with New Orleans, where Brees had visited on his way to Miami.
However, Dolphins doctors failed him on his physical, telling the team Brees' shoulder was iffy and that he might not be able to perform.
The Saints wound up signing Brees and wound up winning a Super Bowl with him. The Dolphins traded for Daunte Culpepper, who was an unmitigated flop.
Safe to say the Dolphins won't be quick to fail Manning on his physical.
Fates intertwined: In March 2006, Miami made one decision that shaped the lives of men, franchises and cities. After putting quarterback Drew Brees through a rigorous six-hour physical, the Dolphins decided not to sign the free-agent quarterback and instead opted to trade a second-round pick to Minnesota for quarterback Daunte Culpepper. As a courtesy, the Dolphins told Brees they would wait two hours to announce the trade for Culpepper so he would not lose any leverage with the Saints. A short time later, Brees and the Saints agreed on a six-year, $60 million deal.
Had the Dolphins ignored their doctors and signed Brees -- who at the time preferred to play in Miami -- two franchises would have reversed course, and the football world would look very different today. Nick Saban might still be coaching in Miami rather than Alabama. Bill Parcells likely would not be in Miami with all the coaches he brought with him. New Orleans might not be thriving the way it is now. And nobody would be reflecting on the circumstances that led Brees to leave Miami for New Orleans, and the game he has against the Dolphins on Sunday.