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Franchise tag no longer quick fix

Because designation eats up significant cap room, teams must rethink strategies

Originally Published: July 6, 2012
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Saints quarterback Drew Brees cleared up a vague part of the franchise-tag rules this week.

With his successful challenge to the franchise rules, no player can be franchised more than three times during his career, no matter if he moves to another team. Brees was franchised once with the San Diego Chargers and this year by the Saints, who felt they also had the ability to franchise him next year at 120 percent of his 2012 salary and possibly a third time in 2014.

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