Saints OLT Jammal Brown, who missed all of last season after undergoing two surgeries — one on his hip and one to repair a sports hernia — has stayed away from OTAs and minicamps this offseason. He has yet to sign his restricted free-agent tender and is hoping to receive a long-term contract offer, but word is the Saints aren't interested in discussing such a deal with him. Brown, who was tendered at the highest level, has until June 15 to sign his tender before New Orleans can reduce the offer to 110 percent of his 2009 salary and still maintain exclusive rights to him. When, or if, he reports to the team, Brown will not be handed back his starting job. The Saints won a Super Bowl with Jermon Bushrod starting at left tackle, and he's been taking reps with the first team this offseason. He and Brown will likely compete for the starting job in training camp, assuming Brown, who is said to be in good health, is prepared to participate.
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