The New Orleans Saints are playing hardball with their all-pro, all-world and all-around good guy, quarterback Drew Brees. Not only did Brees lead the Saints to the playoffs yet again last year after virtually no offseason, he played out of his mind while doing so and broke the single season record for passing yards previously held by Dan Marino.
Brees was undersized coming out of Purdue and was eventually cast aside in San Diego for another great quarterback in Phillip Rivers. At 33 years old, Brees is at the pinnacle of his career. These next two to three years will define his eventual Hall of Fame candidacy. Brees has amassed 40,742 yards and 281 touchdowns with just 146 interceptions and a ridiculous 65.9 completion percentage in his eleven seasons in the NFL. So with all of this (and not to mention a Lombardi trophy) the Saints are going to make Brees sweat for his money.
The situation as of now, per ProFootballTalk.com, is the Saints will use the franchise tag on Brees if they cannot work out a deal. That tag would be better served on Guard Carl Nicks, Brees said. If Brees is extended the “non-exclusive” franchise tag, the Washington Redskins would be able to negotiate with him and if they acquired Brees, would have to send two first-round picks in the draft to New Orleans.
Robert Griffin III, Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn all seem more likely to land in Washington. Redskins fans should still keep their eyes on the Brees situation and remember “any given offseason” anything can happen.