December 19, 2011
The New Orleans Saints and quarterback Drew Brees had been discussing a contract extension this season, but the talks have apparently not gotten too far. And Brees said earlier in the week that he didn't want to have any more conversations about it until the season is over so that it wouldn't be a distraction as the team tries to win its second Super Bowl in three seasons.
ProFootballTalk reports that if a contract can't get done when the season ends, the Saints "definitely will apply the franchise tag to Brees" and a source tells the site that Brees "will not sign it."
Brees will then be free to do as he pleases until the two sides negotiate a new deal or he decides to sign the franchise tag, which PFT reports could be in the range of $14 million or $15 million.
"Per the source, Brees isn't upset with the organization," ProFootballTalk notes. "He simply realizes that it's part of the business of the game."
Brees threw for 412 yards and five touchdowns on Sunday. For the season, he has thrown for 4,780 yards and 37 touchdowns. He's also ran the ball in for another TD.
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