WIST-AM New Orleans reports that Saints QB Drew Brees is “livid” after team chose to franchise him over the weekend and has no intention of signing the tender.
The two sides have been working a new contract for over a year now but the Saints appear to be willing to use the franchise tag as leverage in their negotiations, much to the dismay of Brees. What’s interesting is that New Orleans could keep applying the tag to Brees each season and pay him less money that he’s seeking. The price will increase by 20% each season after this one but Brees is looking for a deal above $18 million per season.
Brees is obviously hoping that they’ll be able to reach an agreement by July 16 but, if this report is true, there’s a good chance Brees may sit out training camp if a new contract isn’t in place.