The Saints were unable to work out a long-term contract extension with quarterback Drew Brees, so they slapped the franchise tag on him, giving them exclusive rights to Brees for the 2012 season. But Brees doesn't appear to happy about the situation, and he made it pretty obvious he'd like to have a long-term deal worked out.
He didn't say "or else," but he sure didn't sound like a man about to sign the franchise tag.
During a telephone interview this morning on the Mike & Mike in the Morning radio show on ESPN, Brees said he has painful memories of the last time he signed the franchise tag. That was in 2005 with the Chargers, and he suffered a shoulder injury that at one time threatened his career.
"I've played under the franchise tag before, back in 2005, and that ended with 13 anchors in my right shoulder and a 25 percent chance of playing football again,” Brees said. “That didn’t work out too well for me. I’ve talked to the Saints about this many times. They definitely know my desire to have a long-term deal, and hopefully they want me to have that as well. We will continue discussions and hopefully get a long-term deal done ... I’m still hoping that we can get something done sooner than later."
But if they don't, the Saints - already reeling from the bounty controversy that could result in suspensions for head coach Sean Payton and GM Mickey Loomis - will have another crisis on their hands before long.