Jan 14, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) warms up before the 2011 NFC divisional playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. San Francisco defeated New Orleans 36-32. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

Arbitrator rules in favor of New Orleans Saints Drew Brees with franchise tag grievance

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees got some good news on the eve of the 4th of July in regards to his franchise tag grievance he has filed.

Brees got the news that arbitrator Stephen Burbank ruled in his favor concerning his franchise tag grievance in which he argued that this was his second time with the designation.

The Saints applied the tag to the quarterback right before free agency opened and have tried to use the argument that the collective bargaining agreement allows them to use the franchise tag on Brees three times with this being the first.

However Burbank ruled that Brees is already at number two since he had the franchise tag placed on him in 2005 when he played for the San Diego Chargers.

If the Saints don’t get a long-term deal done with Brees this season and he plays under the franchise tag, then next season would be the last one that they would be able to tag him again.

It’s in the best interest of the Saints to get a new deal done as quick as possible since Brees now has some extreme leverage.  If the tag is applied next year for the third and final time, he could make up to $23 million for the season and then leave to a team that would gladly pay him.

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