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Ruling Could Push Brees, Saints To Make Deal

Jul 03, 2012 5:30 PM EST

With an arbitrator ruling in favor of Drew Brees in his grievance over the designation of his franchise tag, the quarterback and the Saints may be pushed to make a deal.

The two sides have a deadline of July 16 to reach an agreement on a multi-year deal.

After that date, Brees can only play under the terms of the franchise tag if he doesn't get a new deal.

The ruling gives some leverage to Brees in contract talks, but fans shouldn't forget that a deal was widely expected even before this development.

Brees doesn't want to play under his one-year franchise tag number of $16.37 million.

Via NFL.com