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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 CBSSports.com'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 CBSSports.com’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 CBSSports.com’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 CBSSports.com'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: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: March 3, 2012 6:41 pm
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Since: Mar 1, 2012
Posted on: March 3, 2012 6:35 pm
 

Loomis confirms Saints have tagged Drew Brees

LOL...Eagle fan...As John Mcenroe said "You can't be serious".


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Posted on: March 3, 2012 6:25 pm
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Since: Jun 13, 2011
Posted on: March 3, 2012 6:07 pm
 

Loomis confirms Saints have tagged Drew Brees

well put couldn't agree more.  Brees has every right to do what's best for him and his family. This franchise was crap for so many years and now they think we can get here every year w/or w/out Brees,think again. I remember sitting in the stands w/ a bag over my head and sure don't want to see that again. What does Brees owe the Saints....nothing. He already gave them what I never thought I would see in my lifetime ...A Super Bowl victory. Been a Saints fan since 1976,was Breakers season ticket holder, and as a fan am embarassed by the bounty mess and how they treat the ones who gave us hope. Once again we snatch a loss out of the mouth of victory.



Since: Mar 3, 2012
Posted on: March 3, 2012 5:49 pm
 

Loomis confirms Saints have tagged Drew Brees

New Orleans is a great place to live and raise a family. It's out of town Jackass' that make it a party town. Many people in the Metro N.O. area leave town and go on vacation during Mardi Gras just to get away from the "Out of towners" that come in and cause havoc during carnival season. Normal Louisiana folks know how to have a good time. Look at the city after the Superbowl. Everyone else burns their city after a Champioship but down on tha Bayou, we partied with class! Geaux Tigers n Who DAT!




Since: Mar 3, 2012
Posted on: March 3, 2012 5:41 pm
 

Loomis confirms Saints have tagged Drew Brees

Brees is getting too full of himself. He is 33 years old, and going on a rapid decline. But the Saints keep him one more year for twice the money. Brees should take an early retirement before he turns into Brett Favre. We all remember Favre. Bad move Saints, bad move



Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: March 3, 2012 5:41 pm
 

Loomis confirms Saints have tagged Drew Brees

"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."-  Pete Prisco

First off, Prisco is a moron. WIthout Brees, the Saints would suffer the same kind of drop off thath the Colts did last season. They would be nowhere near as good as they are now. Having said that, Brees deserves a big contract. He has done so much for the Saints that Freeman is right in that the Saints need to open up the Vault. Brees is elite. Period. Pay him like an elite player. Use the tag on players that need it like Nicks. They still have Graham, Sproles, Moore, Henderson, and a boatload of receiving options to supplement the loss of Colston. Brees needs to be locked up, and fast. This is only going to sour things in New Orleans



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2012 5:21 pm
 

Loomis confirms Saints have tagged Drew Brees

Well if Nicks and Colston end up leaving you can certainly blame greedy Breesey and his greedy agent.
The biggest contract ever offered to an NFL player?  And he turned it down?
He won one SB.  ONE!  Had he won 3 or 4 like Tom Brady I'd say he has a case.  But he didn't.  And he isn't Tom Brady.
Until Brady made it to the SB last season, both QB's had been only once in the last 5 seasons. Brees has 1 more win than Brady in that time, Brady has 2 more losses. Windows are closing for both QB's as they get older. Brady hasn't won 4, he won 3 and those were all 2004 and earlier. 8 years is a long time.I bet if Brady goes elsewhere, he doesn't get to the SB ? Just me, but he may not even get that team to the playoffs ?



Since: Apr 23, 2011
Posted on: March 3, 2012 5:20 pm
 

Loomis confirms Saints have tagged Drew Brees

The Saints did what they had to do. Why would Brees turn down such a contract? Makes no sense. Maybe he's ready to head elsewhere. New Orleans is a party town and in many ways a dangerous town. That's not what Brees is about and with two young Sons, he may want them to grow up in a different environment. I disagree with the thought that both Nicks and Colston are surely to leave. Not paying Brees that extra $5+million this year will almost guarantee one will stay. Possibly both.



Since: Jun 15, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2012 5:11 pm
 

Loomis confirms Saints have tagged Drew Brees

Before everyone "hyperventilates" over what you think the truth is, let's wait until ALL THE FACTS of this situation come out.  If true, maybe there was a very good reason the Drew Brees didn't sign a new contract last year with the Saints.  Certainly this news appears troubling. 


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