Found March 04, 2012 on
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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 to one of their players that is scheduled to become an un-restricted free agent. This is to limit player movement which is often to bigger markets.
The following players have already received the franchise tag:
New Orleans Saints - QB Drew Brees
When the offseason began, it looked like Drew Brees re-signing with New Orleans was as close to a sure thing as it gets. Now, however, it has been reported that Brees and the Saints are $15 million apart in negotiations.
With the bounty scandal currently surrounding Gregg Williams and the New Orleans Saints organization, the team may be stripped of their franchise ...
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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.
According to Larry Holder of CBSSports.com, 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. ...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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The New Orleans Saints have placed an exclusive rights franchise tag on quarterback Drew Brees, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports.
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...
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...
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...
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(Peyton Manning is not a free agent yet so he doesn't qualify...
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...