More of a continuing Bayoubuzz interview with pollster and political analyst Bernie Pinsonat in a continuing series of "Bernie Burns":
It has been reported that Governor Bobby Jindal is asking for government employees to pay more for their retirement pension but the money is going to go into the general fund rather than paying off the state debt which is now around 20 billion dollars. Last year, the Governor attempted to force the government employees to pay a greater share but House Speaker Jim Tucker deemed the legislation to be a tax which doomed the Governor’s plan. What is going on here and does the Governor have a better chance this year of passing the legislation now that he has a much more favorable legislature many of them with whom he endorsed?
Saints Linebackers’ Needs
The focus for the New Orleans Saints and the NFL as a whole in late February is assessing current talent, hoping to keep what you have and want, finding the gems of playmakers in the draft and the agency market.
All of this analysis is refined by the team’s needs versus the available talent.
for now, it seems the New Orleans Saints' world evolves around Drew Brees.
Pft.com has good news for the players who receive the "exclusive" version of the franchise tag, which prevents the player from talking to other teams and/or entertaining an offer sheet that, if not matched, would yield two first-round draft choices as compensation. For the "exclusive" franchise players, the franchise tender continues to be determined by an average of the five highest player salaries at the same position as of the expiration of the restrictive free agency signing period in April.
Drew Brees, Carl Nicks and Marques Colston all are potential free agents.
There is much speculation that the Saints will use the franchise tag on Brees. Starting on Monday teams can begin using franchise tags. These tags are used to protect a potential free agent any time between now and the March 5 deadline.
New Orleans Saints sensational quarterback, Drew Brees is talking more about parenting than contracts of late.
He was interviewed recently by Allison Winn Scotch, the New York Times best-selling author. She asked the Saints quarterback six questions for a column she was writing for Parents newsletter. Following are slices from the interview: