03-14-2012, 08:31 PM
DREW BREES DOESN'T SOUND LIKE HE'LL PLAY FOR ONE YEAR FRANCHISE DEAL (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/17790030/drew-brees-doesnt-sound-like-hell-play-for-one-year-franchise-deal)

"Drew Brees, appearing on a radio interview on Wednesday morning, wouldn't
specifically say that he wouldn't play on a one-year, franchise-tag deal. But he
also made it clear he's been there and done that and isn't a fan.

was tagged by the Saints prior to the March 5 deadline and was reportedly
"livid" about it. That showed through some when Brees discussed what happened
the last time he played under a franchise tag in San Diego.

"I've played
under the franchise tag before," Brees said on ESPN's Mike and Mike
Wednesday morning. "And that ended with 13 anchors in my right shoulder and
having a 25 percent chance of playing football again. So that didn't work out
too well for me. And I've talked to the Saints about this many times and they
definitely know my desire to have a long-term deal and they certainly want me to
have that as well. So we'll continue discussions and, like I said, get a
long-term deal done sooner or later."

That is not a guy who's
willing to put his career on the line because the Saints couldn't figure out how
to get him the money he wants.

And it should be a big-time concern for
New Orleans, because if Brees is saying things like this now, in March, imagine
what he'll be saying when the season gets closer if the team doesn't have a deal
in place. Brees did acknowledge, of course, that negotiations will "continue

"I would say there are definitely going to be discussions that are
going to continue on," Brees said. "All the franchise tag means is no one else
can talk to me, but I can still have discussions with the Saints which I know
will be ongoing and we're still hoping we can get something done sooner or

But here's the thing: some of the damage has already been done.
The <a href="http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/17789567/buccaneers-sign-carl-nicks-to-five-year-475m-deal-also-cb-eric-wright">division-rival
Bucs stole away one</a> of Brees most important pieces in All-Pro guard Carl
Nicks. That doesn't happen if the Saints and Brees work out a deal before the
franchise-tag deadline."

03-15-2012, 01:52 PM
Disfunction in New Orleans is great for the rest of the league, here's to hoping they never get it together

03-15-2012, 06:08 PM
I think the Saints want to see what they can do with the team first below the cap before giving Brees a really big contract. No team wants to have an angry starting QB if they want to make a Superbowl run.

They just locked up Colston for 5 more years.