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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: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2012 11:22 pm

Loomis confirms Saints have tagged Drew Brees

waaaaaaaahhhh poor Drew Brees will ONLY make 15 million this year..........waaaaaaaahhhhhh. This is why I only watch football on TV. Its disgusting to think these guys whine and moan about the money they make to play a kids game. I dont feel sorry for any of them or the owners who are the idiots who keep paying these outrageous contracts. How about we just say "no"?

Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2012 11:18 pm

Loomis confirms Saints have tagged Drew Brees

Larry Luv,  And masterful self-promoters get paid. Good for Brees. For one moment, isn't it actually great to see a bunch of middle and lower class upbringing guys making millions of dollars. I love it, as long as they don't kill the golden goose and as long as people don't forget that it's still the owners who put up the risk for the team and earned their Billion.

  Maybe some players will be great with their money and eventually earn a Billion, or at least pass down money, investment, and knowledge to their kids so they will take the next step. Afterall, isn't this what the American dream is supposed to be?? Why do soooo many people get pissed off when someone actually grabs the carrot that has been thrown out and dangled in front of them for a hundred years. Yes, the American Dream: Everyone wants it, everyone talks about it like it is a great advantage of the USA over other countries, but they leave out the part that you will be damned if you ever achieve it.

  Rock on Brees and everyone else!! Get paid, but don't kill the goose for all the others who can use football to get off the bottom rung of financial marginalization in the USA.

Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2012 11:12 pm

Loomis confirms Saints have tagged Drew Brees

Sideline Guru,
                    So, after all that you wrote, who are you suggesting takes the pay cut? Brees, who has maybe 5-7 years left in his career and will not earn after that, so that the owner can save a few million? Maybe the owner of the Saints should cut prices of the tickets so fans can go, which would drive down revenues for the Saints to the point where their top players go elsewhere.

   Maybe all teams should cut ticket prices. But then, with the extra money, Coca Cola and hot dog vendors can increase their costs by 150% because the fans now have the extra money. Maybe with all the cutting in prices, the concrete companies and labour unions will take a little less because the teams, with lower income from lower prices can't afford a decent stadium.

   This is brief (very, very brief), but it isn't just football related here, man. The entire system is built on making what you can, increasing profit margins, decreasing costs, etc etc. This little piece of the economy is only a miniscule fraction of the bigger picture. Banks saying they are broke while posting $400 million profit in a quarter, Apple valuated at half a TRILLION dollars, and on and on and on.

  It's all the same shyte. So, the rest of us come on here to talk about sports and our teams, knowing that we can't change anything since it's systemic. We prefer to just take a break from the real world and talk football. I suggest you do the same, or you will have a stroke!! 

Since: Mar 24, 2009
Posted on: March 3, 2012 10:33 pm

Loomis confirms Saints have tagged Drew Brees

No team can lose as many games as the Saints have in the last 45 years without a bunch of dumb moves being made by the owner of the team.This is one more screw up in a long list of screw ups, but not locking up Drew Brees for the long term may be the mistake the Saints come to regret most.Keep your paper bags ready New Orleans.The Aint's may come marching in again sooner than you think.

Since: Dec 17, 2011
Posted on: March 3, 2012 10:04 pm

Loomis confirms Saints have tagged Drew Brees

It's been a very bad week for the Aints. I am a Giants fan and my perspective is this: there are some dopey Giants fans who want Eli to restructure his contract just cause Giants are 7 million over the cap just like Big Ben did. Problem with that is how do you ask a SB MVP who just had the best season of his career to take a pay cut? You cannot. Same thing with Brees. The dude just set the all time passing yards record in regular season. You expect him to settle for 18 million a year. If Peyton remained healthy, he would have made 29 million this year. Paying Brees 23 millions per year would have been a bargain. Now Saints pissed him off and I would not be surprised if he walks in a year if they make him play for 15 million a year. Bad move given that they will pay dearly for the bounty fiasco.

Since: May 10, 2011
Posted on: March 3, 2012 9:36 pm

Loomis confirms Saints have tagged Drew Brees

What is not to like about Drew Brees.  He is a modeled person in New Orleans.  One of the best QB's in Football.  A class act that all football players should look at and follow.  Espically the Bungals who seems to get there players from the Ohio Penal League.  No if there is one player in the NFL that is worth there weight in gold it is Drew Brees. 

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2012 8:39 pm

Loomis confirms Saints have tagged Drew Brees

 BREES4MVP ? I gave examples for my point of view, you have given nothing BREES4MVP. If you had bothered to read my paragraph as a whole, I stated Drew Brees is a great quarterback, but I do agree w/Pete Prisco he is no savior. He is a great quarterback who is also a spoiled, self absorbed, petulant brat. Drew Brees has done good things, however so have many others who don't repeatedly tell everyone in the world. Drew Brees was not a central figure in solving the lock out (see Robert Kraft & Jeff Saturday) but was always in front of the cameras presenting himself as someone more important than he actually was. I have admitted your man is a great quarterback, but you, yes you BREES4MVP need to admit he is also a master self promoter.  

Since: Nov 13, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2012 8:38 pm

Loomis confirms Saints have tagged Drew Brees

Wrong forum for your ranting. This is a sports site. Regardless of whether you are right or wrong (I'm sure most of us agree with you) people come here to discuss sports, not the economy, the war or the stock market.

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: March 3, 2012 8:26 pm

Loomis confirms Saints have tagged Drew Brees

Larry Luv... WRONG!  Brees is not phony at all, he is not a self- promoter and is very genuine.  He wants to win more than anyone else to boot.  Brees is everything that is good about professional athletes.  

Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2012 8:12 pm

Loomis confirms Saints have tagged Drew Brees

What does Drew Brees think the Saints are going to do? Let him walk? So what if the poor baby is unhappy about being tagged. If he wasn't holding out for $5 mil more, the Saints could have used the franchise tag on another player, so Brees is hurting the team with his obnoxious stance. I hope a key player leaves because Drew forced the Saints to tag him, and that drags down his precious stats.

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