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Brees cannot be franchise tagged

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the New Orleans Saints are not able to use the franchise tag on their long-time quarterback Drew Brees. He’s looking to get paid, but this is not one of those ways he’s going to be able to cash in.

Due to a rarely used clause in his deal, according to Schefter, it prohibits the Saints to franchise tag him. Brees is entering the final year of his contract.

Drew Brees (Getty Images)

Drew Brees (Getty Images)

The hope is that Brees will still be able to re-sign with the Saints. Since signing with the team over a decade ago, Brees does not want to relocate, as he loves the city.

“Right now, [no discussions are taking place],” Brees said in July, according to ESPN. “I don’t expect them to. I don’t really desire them to. I just want to play football and help this team win.”

As a 38-year-old quarterback, Brees led the league in passing last season with 5,208 yards. This is the seventh-time in his career that he led the league in passing.

The Saints open the season on Monday Night Football against the Minnesota Vikings.

Just last year, the team and Brees worked out a one-year, $24.25 million extension. If no new deal is struck, he will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

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