|Saints franchise Drew Brees|
by Aaron Wilson of Scout.com, March 3, 2012 at 4:33 pm ET
Drew Brees Profile
The New Orleans Saints opted to use the exclusive franchise tag on quarterback Drew Brees, preventing him from negotiating with other teams.
They were far apart in contract talks with Brees' agent, Tom Condon.
The deadline to use the tag was Monday.
Brees will make the average of the top five quarterback salaries, which is roughly $16 million.
For now, it will be roughly $14.4 million.
Brees doesn't have to sign the tender, so he doesn't have to go to offseason team activities.
The deadline to sign him to a long-term deal is July 16.
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