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Brees' move could have repercussions for Nicks

Posted on: March 3, 2012 4:17 pm
The Saints' designation of Drew Brees as a franchise player isn't a big deal in and of itself. If there are two things that are certain it's that Drew Brees will remain with the New Orleans Saints and that he's going to be making a lot of money for them.

Nope, the problem here isn't with Brees and what the franchise designation means for him. It's what it means for another unrestricted free agent, All-Pro guard Carl Nicks, and what it means is that the Saints risk losing him.

There had been speculation that the Saints could re-sign Brees to a long-term deal, freeing the franchise tag for Nicks, but that can't happen now. Unresolved negotiations with Brees necessitated this move, with the Saints basically forced to choose between Brees and Nicks as the player they protect.

That decision was easy.

But the fallout could be rough for New Orleans if it loses Nicks. If he's exposed to the open market, he should command a top-dollar contract and could move on.

New Orleans wanted to prevent that. Had the Saints been able to extend Brees' contract they would have been successful. Now, their efforts are directed toward keeping Nicks and preventing him from hitting the marketplace March 13.

Look, as the franchise player, Brees isn't going anywhere. Plus, the Saints can always sign him to a mult-year deal. So he's staying put, which is no surprise. But Nicks may not. That's something New Orleans must try to avoid, and the Saints have 10 days to work on it.

Category: NFL

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:57 am

Brees' move could have repercussions for Nicks

Yeah I'm sure they can afford Nicks and Manning.  One or the other but not both.  If they go after Manning, I would assume that they would also try to sign Reggie Wayne. 

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:34 am

Brees' move could have repercussions for Nicks

Dolphins sign Nicks and Manning. Boom!

Since: May 24, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:13 am

Brees' move could have repercussions for Nicks

This could be a great opportunity for the Dolphins!  Spend the money for Nicks and then draft the tackle ftom Iowa and solve the OL problems that have plagued us for years.  We can always draft a QB next year.

Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 2:26 am

Brees' move could have repercussions for Nicks

Bring Nicks to Dallas, who is in dire need of a guard.

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