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Saints running out of time with Brees

Staggering financial implications if team has to franchise QB again

Originally Published: July 9, 2012
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The delay in the Saints getting a long-term deal done with Drew Brees has been one of the most baffling stories of the NFL offseason.

Both sides have until July 16 to carve out such a deal, and I still think that will happen. In fact, I came up with 23.5 million reasons a deal will be struck in the next week. The Saints can't afford to franchise him next year both from the financial and the personnel standpoint.

Unless the Saints plan to release him -- ...

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