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Brees made his first public comments since being designated as the team’s franchise player last week while doing a promotional media blitz for Dick’s Sporting Goods. He appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and taped a guest spot for today’s Ellen DeGeneres Show, and he appeared on several national radio interviews. Although Brees didn’t directly say that he won’t sign a one-year franchise tender from the Saints that’s expected to be worth around $16 million, he strongly suggested that.

Faine came to the Bucs in 2008 as an unrestricted free agent from the New Orleans Saints. Over the past four seasons, he started all 51 games he has played with Tampa Bay. “I’d like to thank the Buccaneers for giving me the chance to play for my hometown team four years ago,” said Faine in the statement issued by the Bucs. “The move is bittersweet, but I leave in great health, excited and energized for my next opportunity.

Besides, it looks like Shockey might have his mind on something else. He wants to return to New York, where he once clashed with quarterback Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin. But I’m not so sure the Giants are waiting with open arms for the 31-year-old tight end. They already have signed tight end Martellus Bennett from Dallas.

A union source said that request, along with requests to the NFL to facilitate interviews with Saints’ management, coaches and former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams — the central figure in the scandal — have drawn no response. The source said, however, the NFLPA isn’t viewing that as a refusal by the league to share information, and the union hasn’t ruled out the league’s cooperation. The source said the NFLPA hasn’t approached the Saints or St. Louis Rams (for whom Williams now is the defensive coordinator) to facilitate interviews because this is a league matter.

This is becoming the year of the short-term deal. And it makes all the sense in the world. Sure, many of the contracts, as always, are cloaked in the veil of five or six years, but this offseason in particular market forces are providing acute incentives to structure deals in a way to allow for maximum flexibility for both club and player after a year or two. Remember, the cap stayed static this year, which won’t be happening again for quite some time (especially with the new TV contracts providing significant revenue in 2013 and 2014).

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