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Wide receiver Hines Ward will be released by the Steelers after 14 years with the franchise, the team announced. “This isn’t how I wanted this chapter of my career to end,” Ward said in a statement. “I did everything in my power to remain a Steeler and finish what…
Nicks said the team might as well sign him long term
When a man leads a team with a loser history to its first Super Bowl, breaks a record that stood for nearly 30 years, and attracts talented players like Darren Sproles by merely suggesting he join the team, you don’t haggle with that man over how much he should get paid. You just pay him.
Contract negotiations with Drew Brees have been like that nasty looking cold sore on your co-worker’s lip that makes everyone uncomfortable, yet no one wants to talk about it. We all know the Saints won’t be stupid enough to let someone like Drew go. But with so much at stake next season, is it really worth it to piss him off over a few measly millions?
According to the latest ESPN report, both sides are still struggling to work out a long term contract deal. If a deal isn’t made by Monday, that means the Saints could be forced to put the franchise tag on Drew. It’s a card the Saints may not want to play, seeing as how other high value players like Marques Colsto…
The Drew Brees negotiations are going slow according to NFL sources and the New Orleans Saints may have to use their franchise tag on Brees. However, with wide receiver Marcus Colston and pro bowl guard Carl Nicks ready to enter free agency, protecting one of them seem to be a luxury they may not have.
If Colston or Nicks are able to explore the free agent waters it be goodbye time for one or both. Teams in the early stages of free agency always over spend but when trying to add a 6’5 high level receiver or top five guard, the dollars could escalate rather fast.
Furthermore, by tagging Brees the Brees camp could slow down talks and put pressure on the management to get a deal done fast in order to sign their other two top priorities.
It should be interesting to see if the Saint play hardball and tag him; it would be a mistake that could cost them.
Brees has remained confidant stating:
“There’s no doubt in my mind we’ll get a deal done,” he said.
However, the team and Bre…
Frustration has built with New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees , according to sources with knowledge of the situation, and the Saints will franchise him, short of a rapidly developing long-term deal.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday morning that the Saints will likely use their franchise tag on Brees if an agreement isn’t made by the Monday, the March 5th deadline.
This is bad, bad news for the Saints.
Acquired before the 2006 season, Brees turned one of the NFL‘s most lethargic organizations into a perennial Super Bowl contender. The Saints had only seven winning seasons in 39 years before Brees, who has brought a Super Bowl and three divisional crowns in just six seasons.
Placing a franchise tag on Brees would also be a monumental mistake. Both parties have been confident for what has seemingly been years that a long-term deal will get worked out before free agency begins. Putting a franchise tag on him opens the question of whether or not they’d get a deal done next offseason.
Brees has been only a small part of the offseason talk in New Orleans. The front office is scrambling to keep Marques Colston, Brees’ favorite target and one of the most solid pass-catchers in the league.
Pro Bowl guard Carl Nicks is also an impending free agent and the Saints are making efforts to re-sign him. He was a first-team All-Pro in 2011 along with Saints guard Jahri Evans, the first time a pair of guards from the same team have accomplished the feat since 1953.
The Saints would love to use their franchise tag on one of these two stars to keep them in house and give them the pay they deserve.
If they end up using the tag on Brees, they forfeit that ability as well as put the thought in the free agents’ minds that Brees may not be around much longer. Both would most likely test out the market if that were to happen.
Could it possibly be a bit of bartering done by the Saints with the news today? They want Brees to know that the franchise tag is available for him of course, but he has to be thinking what the repercussions would be if he were to take it. With a lot of teams in the market for a big-threat wide receiver, he might have to kiss Colston goodbye upon taking the team’s tag.
His career has been historic in New Orleans. His career completion percentage is the highest in NFL history (65.94) and he also holds the single-season NFL record with a 71.2 completion percentage last season.
He has been performing as well as the league’s top quarterbacks, and even better in many facets. He’s only made $10 million per year in New Orleans, which is small compared to the likes of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady who make nearly twice as much.
He’s arguably the only quarterback ever to lose his starting job on one team (San Diego) and become one of the best in NFL history with a new team, which was no easy task considering the state of New Orleans when he arrived.
Oh yeah and last year he broke the record for passing yards in a season held by none other than Dan Marino.
In just six seasons, Brees has captured nearly every career franchise record including passing attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns. He also has seven single-season records and five single-game records for New Orleans.
Despite his historic success with the Saints, his biggest influence to New Orleans is in the community.
Coming off an elbow injury in the 2005 Pro Bowl, Brees decided to come to New Orleans despite the city recently being torn to shreds by Hurricane Katrina.
The damages were apparent and can still be seen in some parts of the city. Brees and his wife Brittany have formed the Brees Dream Foundation, which has raised about $2 million for rebuilding efforts. Brees himself donated $450,000 to help rebuild classrooms and a football field at Lusher Charter School.
Even their stadium, then named The Superdome, was ravaged by both storms and those who stayed there during the hurricane.
Hurricane Katrina transformed the Saints into a movement. It was the chance for New Orleans to prove they could do anything, whether it was rebuilding the city from one of the worst natural disasters in US history or turning one of the worst pro football franchises into a Super Bowl contender.
With the help of Brees, they did both.
The Saints have shaped to Brees’ style of play, thanks in large part to his charismatic chemistry with head coach Sean Payton. It would be hard for anyone associated with football to think of one without the other.
Drew Brees will always have a place in New Orleans natives’ hearts, whether he finishes his career there or not. Though, if they want to remain the lone relevant sports organization in the city, they’ll give Brees the money he deserves.
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@bigbrickhouse77I don’t want to be franchised!!!!
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@LanceMoore16Happy leap day everybody. You only get one every four years so make sure you make the most of it.
Nicks still wondering what will happen as franchise tag deadline approaches | wwltv.com New Orleans
Carl Nicks is likely eyeing his calendar these days with a stress-inducing panic. March 5 is approaching and he has no idea what’s happening in regard to his long-term future.
Report: Saints, Brees far apart | wwltv.com New Orleans
With the deadline to designate a player with a franchise tag fast approaching, it’s beginning to seem more likely that the Saints will hit quarterback Drew Brees with it.
ManningWatch: Alternative to Drew Brees? – NFC South Blog – ESPN
This is very far-fetched and probably incomprehensible. But, with every day that quarterback Drew Brees remains unsigned, there’s a growing pan
Drew Brees asked to be exempt from tag – NFC South Blog – ESPN
Back in the dull days of last summer’s lockout there was a story that got some brief attention, but quietly faded away as a new collective barga
Nicks doesn’t want to get the franchise tag | ProFootballTalk
Previously on Twitter, Saints Pro Bowl guard Carl Nicks shared his anxiety regarding the looming expiration of his contract. If the team and quarterback Drew Brees work out a contract in the next few days, Nicks gets the franchise tag.
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Carl Nicks’ anxiety level: “a hundred thousand trillion” | ProFootballTalk
“Man I don’t know what to do? My anxiety is on a hundred thousand trillion!…march 5 is a big day!?” Nicks wrote on Twitter this week. “I think I should start a countdown to the 5th… Stuffs getting real!”
Reggie Wayne could thrive with the New Orleans Saints
On this assumption it would also be realistic to think that the odd-man out would be Colston, as the Saints could likely manufacture his production with other receivers already on the roster.
The Saints are fools for their treatment of Brees – CBSSports.com
FreeStyle – The Saints are fools for their treatment of Brees
Saints prepared to franchise Drew Brees – NFC South Blog – ESPN
This is approaching crisis stage. The Saints are on the verge of losing Colston and Nicks and they’ll probably need to cut several other prominent players to stay under the salary cap. The Saints will be able to keep Brees, one way or another, but it’s looking like their roster won’t be nearly the same.
There’s only one Darren Sproles – NFC South Blog – ESPN
He’s a unique player, who has defied all the stereotypes about being too short and too light. The caveat with those usually is that the player can’t be durable enough to be a long-term factor.
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints still far apart on new contract, sources say – ESPN
Saints and quarterback Drew Brees still remain a ways apart in their efforts to produce a long-term contract, according to league sources.
NFL.com Blogs ” Blog Archive Saints likely to franchise Brees; QB frustrated “
Frustration has built with New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees, according to sources with knowledge of the situation, and the Saints will franchise him, short of a rapidly developing long-term deal.
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