There is more to talk about than bounties with the New Orleans Saints.
As first reported by FOXSports.com 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. Profootballtalk.com 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 Marques Colston and Robert Meachem...