New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees Wins Grievance Appeal Over Franchise Tag

By Dan Parzych

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has been facing a long battle with the organization as he fights for a long-term contract instead of playing the 2012 season under the franchise tag. Now, it appears Brees may end up getting what he wants now that he’s found some leverage to use on the team.

An arbitrator ruled in favor of Brees over the franchise-tag grievance on Tuesday–which means the Saints would have to pay their quarterback 144 percent of the $16.4 million franchise tag for the 2012 season. If New Orleans fails to give Brees a long-term deal, this season would mark the second time the quarterback would be playing under the franchise tag since the San Diego Chargers did it back in 2005.

In other words–the Saints would have to end up paying Brees around $23.5 million in 2013 if they decided to use the tag on him for the next two seasons. With this in mind, it seems like New Orleans would rather give him a long-term deal instead considering they most likely want Brees playing beyond the 2013 if he’s capable of doing it–so this ruling clearly works in teh favor of Brees.

Lucky for the Saints, they still have a little bit of time to come up with some sort of agreement as the two sides have until July 16 to agree on a long-term deal before Brees would be officially stuck playing under the tag for the 2012 season.

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