|Brees Wins His Grievance|
by TSX of Scout.com, July 4, 2012 at 10:49 am ET
Drew Brees Profile
Quarterback Drew Brees of the Saints won his grievance regarding his franchise tag status under the collective bargaining agreement.
The ruling by arbitrator Stephen Burbank means that if Brees and the Saints cannot reach a multi-year deal before the July 16 deadline and Brees plays out the final year of his contract, New Orleans cannot use the franchise tag on him beyond 2013. And the franchise number for 2013 would call for a 144 percent raise to $23,574,240, according to ESPN.
The NFL Players Association asked Burbank to review the case, claiming that since the Chargers used the franchise tag on Brees after his 2005 rookie contract expired, the Saints could not use it more than twice. The collective bargaining agreement states that players cannot be franchised more than three times.