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Drew Brees Wins Franchise Tag Grievance

07/03/2012 at 9:19 am By

New ¬†Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees may not have signed a contract yet, but he has won a small battle which will have him paid decently next season, barring he still hasn’t signed a contract by then.

Brees has won his grievance against the Saints regarding his franchise tag. According to arbitrator Stephen Burbank’s ruling, if Brees does not sign a long term contract by next summer, the 2013 season will be the last time he will be able to be tagged. He also will receive a 144% pay increase on the 2013 tag.

The new CBA states, “…any club that designates a player for the third time….” The Player’s Association felt this language was vague, but the union’s side is that a player cannot be tagged more than three times period. The first time Brees was tagged was after his rookie season with the San Diego Chargers.

The current tag has Brees receiving $16.371 million for the year. A 144% increase would total $23,574,240 for next season alone. That’s about $20 million per year over two years.

About a month ago I heard the team and Brees were “very close” on negotiations, yet still nothing. Actually about $20 million per year seems like a reasonable contract for the QB. Seems he made sure to get that 20 per even if he isn’t signed. I don’t blame him; it’s looking like he may not sign a contract this year. The clock is ticking, Saints.

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