Report: Brees 'livid' about franchise tag

March, 6, 2012
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Just when it looked like things in New Orleans couldn’t get any more bizarre, they have.

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New Orleans radio station WIST-AM is reporting that Drew Brees is “livid’’ about being hit with the franchise tag. The report cites someone close to Brees and says the quarterback does not plan to sign the franchise tag.

As I’ve said many times before, a happy Drew Brees is a great Drew Brees. You don’t want this guy mad at you. He’s one of the most competitive people on the planet.

The Saints and Brees still have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal. If that doesn’t happen, then Brees either has to sign the tender for about $15 million or hold out.

I have a really tough time seeing Brees hold out because he loves football so much. I think the Saints and Brees also know it’s in both of their interests to get a deal done that will make everyone happy. My guess is a long-term contract will be worked out between now and July.

But, then again, the way things have been going in New Orleans recently, nothing would surprise me.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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