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.
Ruling Could Push Brees, Saints To Make Deal