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Brees lands in Philadelphia: NFLPA joins franchise tag hearing


With a little over two weeks left before the July 16th deadline, the NFLPA wants some “clarification” as to what the New Orleans Saints are required to pay Drew Brees in 2013 if, in fact, a long-term contract is not attained.

On Wednesday, a consultation is being held in Philadelphia regarding Brees’ franchise tag classification by the Saints. The New Orleans Saints had slapped Brees with a one-year franchise tag for the 2012 season worth $16.4 million before the start of free agency, in which the quarterback refused to sign as he waits for a long-term deal.

Part of Brees’ argument is that if the Saints do place another tag on him in the 2013 season, they would owe him a hefty raise, a 44 percent raise, in which he would be payed closed to $24 million for one season.

Brees, previously franchised by the San Diego Chargers, feels strongly that the Saints should meed the increase for tagging him for the third time in his career.

Although the Saints and Brees remain optimistic upon reaching a long-term deal prior to the July 16th deadline, Brees would have to play the 2012 season under the one-year franchise tag.