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Report: Drew Brees is livid about tag, won't sign

Posted on: March 5, 2012 6:27 pm
This is Drew Brees' 'Wait, you really did franchise me?!' face. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

There were reports last week that the Saints and franchise quarterback Drew Brees were about $5 million per year apart on a new contract. General manager Mickey Loomis, who according to a Yahoo story thought of Brees as "very good" but not great, later told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that “I have always thought of Drew as a great player. Always."

New Orleans' forgettable offseason
Four days ago, this was easily the organization's biggest issue.

Then news broke that former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was involved in a "pay for performance" bounty program, head coach Sean Payton and Loomis knew about it, and the Brees situation suddenly seemed less important. But the franchise tag waits for no man; scandals or not, the Saints had until 4 p.m. ET Monday to work out a new deal with Brees, franchise him, or let him hit the open market. New Orleans opted for the franchise tag and Brees isn't happy about it.

Details via Rapid Reporter Larry Holder:

"Brees is 'livid' about being … tagged and not receiving a long-term contract, according to WIST-AM in New Orleans. The radio station cites sources in the Brees camp that he will not sign the franchise tag deal. Brees and the Saints have until July 15 to hammer out a long-term deal. If a deal isn't struck, Brees must sign the franchise tag deal or hold out. "

It's rare that holding out is in the player's best interests; in general, the team has all the power but this could be a case where Brees is in a position to get exactly what he wants (and maybe more). Exacerbating matters for the Saints: the possible league sanctions the organization could face in light of the bounty program. If players are suspended and draft picks forfeited, New Orleans will need Brees more than ever. (It gets worse: two of the Saints' best offensive players, Carl Nicks and Marques Colston, are headed for free agency.)

Under the franchise tag that Brees reportedly has no intentions of signing, he's scheduled to make $15 million. In theory, the two sides have until July 16 to bang out a long-term contract but if Brees really is "livid" he may be in no mood to negotiate. Never mind the impending sanctions Roger Goodell might have in store for New Orleans, if Brees isn't the quarterback, the 2012 Saints will look a lot like the 2011 Colts. (Upside: they'll be perfectly positioned for a run at Matt Barkley!)

In the meantime, we'll reiterate what's Mike Freeman wrote last week: "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?"

Why indeed.

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Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: March 21, 2012 1:42 pm

Report: Drew Brees is livid about tag, won't sign

And now the ax comes dowwn on the coaches and on future drafts

And again, some on here argued that Brees has no leverage

(and thats why they should have got this done two months ago)

Drew, ask and ye shall receive

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: March 19, 2012 5:30 pm

Report: Drew Brees is livid about tag, won't sign

I think Mannings deal now make it clear why Brees is holding out.  An old player with multiple neck injuries wil make $100 M or $20M per season for the Broncos.  He is not ne of the p 3 (Brees/Brady/Rodgers)

 Brees, who is far younger, healthier and better wants more. Is that $120, $130?

Peyton's deal makes it clear that the Saints need to step it up.

If all they offered was $85M than they are off 35 to 40%

Its a big gap 

Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: March 13, 2012 8:03 pm

Report: Drew Brees is livid about tag, won't sign

Brees definitely deserves a raise. After all, he revived New Orleans, brought them a championship, and has had a successful career there. The Saints need to pay up.

Too bad this isn't the focus of the Saints, covering up for Gregg Williams is the main priority. Pity the Saints, their fans are going berserk. 

Since: Mar 8, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 3:37 pm

dree brees is livi about tag, won"t sign

you can't blame the atheletes for getting every dollar they can,to be honest so woould everyone.

Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:20 pm

Report: Drew Brees is livid about tag, won't sign

atta boy Drew, drive the price up to make sure they have no hope of resigning the rest of the free agents.Bye bye Carl Nicks, Marques Colston, Robert Meachem see how well you make out without them

Since: Mar 7, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:37 am

Report: Drew Brees is livid about tag, won't sign

and - how many rings does the qb from the Colts have?

Since: Mar 7, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:34 am

Report: Drew Brees is livid about tag, won't sign

You don't be chintsy when it comes to the elites.  He's one of the top qbs ever - he deserves about $20M/yr.

Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:10 pm

Report: Drew Brees is livid about tag, won't sign

Couldn't agree more. Tired of these athletes who already make ridiculous salaries threatening to hold out and whining about making $15 million.  Saints probably should have cut a deal with him, but he's not doing himself any favors with the fans with this attitude.  Just when you think that someone is concerned about something more than the money, reality dawns.  Disappointing.

Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 6:42 pm

Report: Drew Brees is livid about tag, won't sign

Lol, Brees is no far did the saints get in the playoffs? Records are nice, but rings are nicer Drew, i'm sure if this blows up there's a certain colts qb who would love to play in his hometown...

Since: May 20, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 5:42 pm

Report: Drew Brees is livid about tag, won't sign


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