Sunday, 19 February 2012 12:28
Will New Orleans Saints Franchise Tag Drew Brees?
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brees-panthersDrew  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.

The Saints want to sign Brees to a long-term deal which is what he wants, too. The franchise tag is used when contract negotiations aren't going well.

The franchise tag cost on quarterbacks is about $16 million. If the Saints and Brees agree to a deal somewhat  like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady got, the Saints figure for this year they can get  Brees' cap cost to about $14 million against the salary cap. That would give them a little extra room to try and keep Nicks and Colston.

If the Saints put the franchise tag on their quarterback, another team could offer him more money than the Saints are willing to give up and sign him. But that would cost that team two first-round draft choices. Some teams would give up that for Brees.

The best thing for the Saints to do is to go ahead and sign Brees to a long-term deal and use their franchise tag on Nicks or Colston. Nicks would be their choice between these tw  because of Colston's knee which has been operated on three times. The Saints haven't talked to Colston yet about re-signing him. All their attention now is getting the Brees deal done so they can go forward with other players.



With the weather cold and damp, the LSU baseball team started hot. The No. 8 Tigers jumped on Alcorn State 19-0 on Saturday night at Alex Box Stadium.

Pitcher Ryan Eades led the way for LSU, striking out eight Braves in five innings while allowing one hit to get the victory.

Backup senior infielder Beau Didier hit a towering solo home run home run in the fifth inning.

Didier said after the game the Tigers had a good plan and used it in gaining the victory.

SOME hither, others yon: Upcoming sporting events in New Orleans: SEC men's basketball tournament March 8-11; March Madness March 31-April 2; Zephyrs open season April 5, Zurich Classic April 26-29; Voo Doo open season May 18...Trivia Time: Name the two capitol cities that have hosted Super  Bowls...

The SEC may not distribute as much revenue as the BigTen and the Pac-12, thanks largely their conference networks, but the conference, home of the  last six BCS champions, still paid out nearly $20 million to each of its 12 members for 2011-12...Trivia answer: Indianapolis and Atlanta (1994)...

by Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former media relations director for the New Orleans Saints, columnist for The Times-Picayune, sports editor for the Harrisburg America, media relations associate for NFL Pro Bowl and Super Bowls and owner of Louisiana Sports Talk website.

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Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  


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