Report: Drew Brees "Livid" About Franchise Tag

Will Yoder
Tuesday March 6th, 2012

Saints quarterback Drew Brees is upset about being given the franchise tag by New Orleans, according to CBS Sports.

A source with knowledge of the quarterback’s camp told WIST-AM in New Orleans that Brees is “livid” about being tagged and not receiving the long-term contract that he had been working toward with the club. According to CBS Sports, the station also cites sources who say that if the two sides can’t reach a contract extension by July 15, then Brees will not sign the franchise tag and will instead hold out.

The 33-year-old and recently told NOLA.com, however, that he was optimistic a long-term deal would be done. While a franchise tag would promise Brees at least $14 million next season, it does not allow him to hit free-agency this year, meaning he will turn 34-years-old before he is able to openly negotiate a long-term deal. Brees set an NFL single-season record with 5,476 passing yards in 2011. His accomplishments in his six years with the Saints include four playoff berths and a championship in Super Bowl XLIV.

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