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Report: Drew Brees is ‘livid’ about the franchise tag

By MJD | Shutdown Corner – 6 hours ago

"Drew Brees is "livid" about being franchise tagged and not receiving a long-term contract, according to WIST-AM in New Orleans. The radio station cites sources in the Brees camp that he will not sign the franchise tag deal. Brees and the Saints have until July 15 to hammer out a long-term deal."

My two immediate reactions:

1) Of course he's livid.

2) He'll get over it.

I do believe that it's a ridiculous thing for the Saints to do, and I don't understand why they're antagonizing Drew Brees, who is pretty much the franchise savior. But it's also way too early to accuse the Saints of having made any kind of major mistake, either. Only about a million times in NFL history has a player said he was offended by a contract offer and then gone on to sign a long-term deal with the same team that insulted him so harshly.

The Saints still have until July 15th to make that happen. That's plenty of time for wounds to heal, people to calm down and to get a deal worked out.

I just can't picture the Saints ‒ even with as poorly as they've handled this so far ‒ doing something as insane as letting Brees go. There are currently, what, two other guys that can do for a team what Brees can do for a team? He is, by any definition of the word, elite. He can make a bad team a good team. Guys like that should, and usually do, get the gigantic paychecks.

But let's not ignore pessimism completely. If Brees wants, he can refuse to sign the franchise tag offer, and hold out. Maybe the Saints never wake up, and maybe that happens, and they get a taste of life with Chase Daniel as the starting quarterback (Note to Saints fans: If you enjoyed 1984 through 2005, you'll love Chase Daniel). Or maybe no long-term deal can be worked out, and Brees plays one season under the franchise tag and then walks.

So things aren't great at the moment, but it's a little early to declare this a disaster, either. I just have a hard time believing that the Saints would screw up a decision that seems like it should be so easy.

Related: Silver: Expect NFL to come down hard on Saints for bounties

and the hits just keep coming

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I actually think Chase Daniels would make a solid NFL QB for somebody. Sure he's short but one only needs to look at Brees. Daniels has everything else you need from an NFL QB. I give him a better chance at developing into a solid NFL QB than I do Matt Flynn who I think just benefited from all the talent the Packers have in those 2 games he's started the last 2 years.

As for Brees according to that idiot Mickey Loomis that's running the team Brees is only a "good" QB and not elite.

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