Found March 03, 2012 on Fox Sports:
There is more to talk about than bounties with the New Orleans Saints. As first reported by NFL insider Jay Glazer, the Saints used their franchise tag Saturday afternoon on quarterback Drew Brees. The move means that one of the league's top passers will remain in New Orleans for at least the 2012 NFL season. reported that Brees was given the "exclusive" franchise tender, rendering him unable to negotiate with other teams. In exchange, Brees will make several million more dollars than the "non-exclusive" tag that carries a $14.4 million base salary. Despite more than a year's worth of contract talks, New Orleans and Brees were unable to reach agreement on a new deal before the NFL's 4 p.m. ET Monday deadline to utilize the franchise designation. By tagging Brees, the Saints are now unable to franchise another top offensive player set to become an unrestricted free agent. Left guard Carl Nicks and wide receivers Ma...

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: Saints, Brees $5 million apart in talks

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints are reportedly $5 million apart per year on a long-term contract extension. Yahoo! Sports reported that the Saints are making moves to help close the gap with Brees in advance of Monday's deadline for teams to place franchise tags on players. However, one of the reasons the team has been unable to reach a deal with Brees, according to the...

Saints offered Drew Brees around $18 million per year

Saints GM Mickey Loomis reportedly might not think Drew Brees is a “great” quarterback, but he’s certainly willing to pay him like one. After speaking with league sources, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports the Saints offered an extension to Brees last season that was “in the range” of $18 million per year. That offer has since increased, and Brees’ next deal “most...

Saints GM Mickey Loomis reportedly arguing Drew Brees is very good, not great

Any complications the Saints have in agreeing to a contract extension with Drew Brees should be minor. When you step back and analyze the situation, you have to wonder what the holdup is. Brees is not exactly young (33), but he’s at the peak of his game. He’s coming off a 46-touchdown season, which was his fourth straight year over 30 touchdown passes. He also brought a Super...

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 Nation: Drew Brees Negotiations Getting Ugly

I always thought Brees' contract situation resolving itself quickly and amicably was a more than reasonable thing to hope for, but apparently that wasn't meant to be. I still remain steadfast in my faith that things will get done before the Saints are forced to franchise tag him in 48 hours, and I refuse to buy into the media hype that things are critical for one second until...

Saints could lose Nicks and Colston if Brees is franchised

According to Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports, the New Orleans Saints and quarterback Drew Brees remain about $5 million apart from finalizing a new multi-year deal. If the Saints aren’t able to get a deal done with Brees before March 5th, they’ll have to use their franchise tag on Brees, in order to keep him from hitting the open market. If the Saints franchise Brees, they won’t...

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...

Dear Martin Mayhew: Please Don't Ever Be This Stupid

If there's one thing Lions fans can agree on, it's that GM Martin Mayhew has been worlds better in the front office than Matt Millen ever was. As bad as those 8 seasons were (seriously, how the **** did he last that long?), I would be hard-pressed to believe that even he would dare to claim that Drew Brees is merely "very good." However, this is exactly what New...

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...

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...

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...
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