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The New Orleans Saints placed their franchise tag on star quarterback Drew Brees. This means that two time pro bowl guard Carl Nicks will head to free agency. According to Mike Florio, from Pro Football Talk, the Saints have not yet offered Nicks a new contract.

The Saints may not be able to keep Nicks in New Orleans. They already gave guard Jahri Evans a mega deal in 2010. They made Evans the highest paid interior lineman in the game with a seven year deal, worth 56.7 million. It would seem that Nicks would look for an even bigger deal than Evans received.

If the Saints decide that they cannot afford Nicks, the question on many fans minds is if the Bengals will seek a contract with him.


Report: Saints give Brees the tag

The Saints have reportedly placed the franchise tag on Drew Brees. The hope is still to work out a long-term extension, but New Orleans is dealing with one extremely big distraction.

Report: Drew Brees might decide to hold out

According to Larry Holder of, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is “livid” about receiving the franchise tag and not getting a long-term contract done. There are some indications from Brees’ camp that he might hold out if a new long-term deal isn’t completed before the season begins. The Saints and Brees have until July 15th to get something done. ...

Saints GM: 'I have always thought of Drew (Brees) as a great player'

New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis took issue with a Yahoo! Sports report that he believed quarterback Drew Brees was "very good" - but not great. Loomis told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that Brees is very much respected and that the team is working to sign him to a long-term contract prior to Monday's deadline. "I have always thought of Drew...

Saints Place Franchise Tag on Brees

The New Orleans Saints have placed an exclusive rights franchise tag on quarterback Drew Brees, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports. Fantasy Spin: Under the tag, Brees cannot talk to any other NFL teams, and guarantees him close to $1M more than the standard franchise designation. The Saints still have until July 16 to reach a long-term deal with the elite gunslinger, but negotiations...

Could the Saints be in the Market for a QB?

The notion seems ridiculous when you consider what the team’s current signal caller has done for the club like setting the single season passing record last year and taking the team to the Super Bowl and winning it just two years ago. Had the announcement come that the New Orleans Saints had signed him to a lucrative multi-year deal it would have come as no surprise, but instead...

Drew Brees Is Franchised By New Orleans And What It Means

After one of the most embarrassing days in franchise history and already in the midst of a tough negotiation with one of the greatest players to wear its uniform, the New Orleans Saints placed the exclusive-rights franchise tag on star quarterback Drew Brees late Saturday afternoon. This will bide the team some time as it seeks to work out a long-term deal with its record-breaking...

It’s NFL Tagging Time

Ever since it’s inception in 2007, the franchise tag has been applied to some of the best players in the NFL. It’s an easy way for teams to keep their stars for at least one more year, without having to sign them to a long-term deal. Teams and players are then able to take the franchise tag year to work out a longer deal if possible. Some players don’t take too kindly to the...

Tracking All Franchise Tags as They Happen

We have now passed “Franchise Friday” and are just over a week away from the NFL’s free agency period. With many big names that could hit the market, teams rushed to try and lock up their star players to long-term deals. There are very few to have done that so far, but there have been a number of teams use the franchise tag. The franchise tag is something a team may apply...

Saints tag Brees.

  According to a report by ESPN's John Clayton, the Saints have placed the exclusive franchise tag on star quarterback Drew Brees in order to ensure he remains with the team, as the two sides have been unable to reach a long-term deal up to this point. Essentially, according to Clayton, Brees and the Saints are over $5 million apart in the contract negotiations. Brees...

Free Agency: Cream of the Crop

This year, the free agent crop in the NFL is massive. Just about every position is loaded with talent. Most of this talent will be finding new homes for the upcoming season. I'm going to show you who the best free agents at each position are, and tell you why they are the best free agent at their position. QB (Peyton Manning is not a free agent yet so he doesn't qualify...

Photoshop fun with "Bountygate"

A Photoshop look at the New Orleans Saints' "Bountygate"....

With Saints tagging Brees, does this open the door for the Patriots to go after WR Colston or OG Nicks?

The New Orleans Saints used their franchise tag and placed it on All Pro QB Drew Brees.  They had hoped to come to an agreement with their record setting QB, but the last report had the sides $5 million apart per year. By the Saints doing this, they opened the door for other teams to go after their other free agents, such as QR Marques Colston and OG Carl Nicks.  The Patriots...
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