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Loomis confirms Saints have tagged Drew Brees

Posted on: March 3, 2012 3:46 pm
Edited on: March 3, 2012 6:11 pm
Brees reportedly won't be happy if he gets tagged. (Getty Images)
By Josh Katzowitz

The Saints contract dispute with quarterback Drew Brees could continue on for a while now, as New Orleans general manager Mickey Loomis confirmed, via's Larry Holder, that New Orleans has placed the franchise tag on its franchise player.

This news, originally reported by Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, comes as a bit of a surprise, simply because the potential of the tag upsetting Brees is so high and because common sense told us that eventually the two sides would come to an agreement. But if the organization has tagged Brees, the two sides must have been far apart in their contract negotiations.

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Like, I don’t know, $5 million a year apart, as’s Ryan Wilson told us the other day?

All is not lost, though, because the team and Brees have until July 16 to work out a long-term deal that would erase him having to play under the tag (if not, Brees will make about $15 million for 2012, because it's an exclusive tag, meaning he can't talk to other teams).

Otherwise, if they can’t come to an agreement, could this spell Brees’ potential departure from New Orleans after the 2012 seasno?

As’s Mike Freeman opined, "What the hell are the Saints doing? I've said this before. There are certain players, only a handful, where you open the vault and roll out the cash. You give them a blank check. Brees is one of those players. Franchising Brees is going to anger him, no question. Players despise the tag because it limits their earning potential. So you've ticked off your best player. For what? Why?"

Of course, the Saints role as the bad guy was diminished a bit Friday (ahem, before the Saints role as the bad guy REALLY increased) by Larry Holder’s report that the Saints actually offered to make Brees the highest-paid player in the NFL but that Brees and his agent, Tom Condon, had turned down New Orleans.

Which didn't shock's Pete Prisco, who wrote, "Let's get off this Brees-is-the-savior of New Orleans talk while we're at it. If this negotiation has taught us anything, it's that all players -- no matter what image they portray -- are in it for themselves.
Never forget that."

While tagging Brees would be bad for the Saints and for Brees, guard Carl Nicks is likely ecstatic by this latest news.

And that's really the other tough part for the franchise. Having to use its tag on Brees means the Saints likely will lose top-notch guard Carl Nicks and very well could have to say goodbye to receiver Marques Colston. Two more reasons why nobody in New Orleans should be happy with this development.

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Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 7:55 pm

Loomis confirms Saints have tagged Drew Brees

Saints place franchise tag on Brees

"Brees can't be contacted by other teams The New Orleans Saints have placed their exclusive-rights franchise tag on quarterback Drew Brees, the team confirmed Saturday. The Saints were unable to agree to a long-term deal with Brees and didn't want to risk losing him in free agency. Brees is seeking a contract that averages $23 million per season for the first three years of his deal, sources told Schefter. But the Saints are offering Brees a five-year contract that averages $18 million a year, with the exact same frame work excepted by Manning and Brady. (ESPN) FF Today's Take: The "exclusive" tag means other teams can't contact the Saints...  "

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:50 am

Loomis confirms Saints have tagged Drew Brees

Wow....How do they not get a deal done. He is worth big money, should have been almost a no brainer and work out the details. 

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:35 am

Loomis confirms Saints have tagged Drew Brees

I think a lot Saints fans will be upset if they don't lock up Drew Brees to a long term deal.  He's been the face of that franchise and single handedly turned the Saints program around.  I at first didn't like him, but he has won me over and he is an extremely goood QB.

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:09 am

Loomis confirms Saints have tagged Drew Brees

One last thing that I forgot to mention about the deal Brees turned down... it was turned down BEFORE he played this past season.  This illustrates what I have been yelling about in every post.  That is, the "richest deal ever" was not so.  It was a deal without enough guaranteed money up- front.  Brees declined that deal BEFORE re re-wrote the record books.  So the Saints were trying to pay him less than a fair amount in the first 3 years, and were loading up the last 2 years of the deal (which Brees knew he would never see).  Reverend, you get a big "amen" from me because your post is very well- written and makes some valid points about Brees.  Time will tell, but I think the long term deal gets done, once they compromise on the guaranteed money up front.  It will probably be in the range of 19.5- 20.5 million per year for the first 3 years.     

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:38 am

Loomis confirms Saints have tagged Drew Brees

BREESE4MVP, I wonder why Katzowitz slanted his article by ignoring such telling details. Could it be that our intrepid reporter has 'issues' with Drew, perhaps, or with his agent, the players in general, unionism? Enquiring minds want to know.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 11:09 pm

Loomis confirms Saints have tagged Drew Brees

If they are 5 million apart and Brees isn't happy with the 15+ million frnachiose tag, then exactly how much does he expect?

Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2012 6:58 pm

Loomis confirms Saints have tagged Drew Brees

  There are a lot of people on here who just don't think. C'mon people, Brees wouldn't just turn from class act to douche in 1 week (wanting to maximize his value doesn't make him a douche though, considering what he did not only for that franchise, but for that community, city, state, and to some degree, America).

  Look, the guy is bright, has always been level headed, has not put himself in unfavorable light in his entire career, and don't forget..... he is rich already. Soooo, do you think there may be something more to this than money??? After all he has done his entire career, I would think that at the very least, he deserves the benefit of the doubt. It very well could be just money, but the way he has handled himself throughout his career, including the San Diego Chargers/ Rivers fiasco, I have a sneaking suspicion that there is more to it.

  Maybe Brees does not want to be a part of that organization anymore. Maybe he has lost respect for the coaches, GM, owner, and maybe even some of his teammates. He is a tough competitor, but he has never been a whiner or a cheat, and he has ALWAYS been a good sportsman, win or lose. Because he has been like that his whole career, I would not be surprised to find that he did not sign the contract because of philosophical differences. I could be wrong, but a guy doesn't just change his entire character over night, and it's not like we were guesing that he is a class act; he has shown it over and over and over again.

  When this is all said and done, if it turns out that Drew had more serious issues than money, I hope all of you who are trashing him will post in his favor with the same intensity that you have tried to hammer him down. i doubt you will, but if any of you had any decency, you would.

  It just baffles me how soooo many people can jump on the 'Brees Trashing Wagon" so quickly, particularly after he has had years of a proven track record that he is not what many of you are calling him, and that he is a very principled man, with integrity outweighing his financial ambitions. We're not talking about a notorious hold-out, trash-talker, felon, ego-maniacal jagoff like sooo many other NFL players. We are talking about Drew Brees, man. This guy sacrificed so much more than his football life to make others lives better. So, why wouldn't you give him the benefit of the doubt at least? If it turns out that he should be trashed, then trash away, but I think if nothing else, over the length of his career, at very least, he has EARNED the right to be given the benefit of the doubt. 

  Can I get an Amen or can I get a he11 yeah?? :D 

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2012 4:02 pm

Loomis confirms Saints have tagged Drew Brees

The Saints have lost thier minds and now put themselves into the worst possible position with Colston and Nicks still haning in the balance as well. As good as they were on the field this year they've now acheived being worse off it in the off-season. Loomis really Forest Gump in disgiuse?

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