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08:05 AM ET 05.03 | New Orleans sure could use some good news these days, and this certainly won't qualify. [The Saints] and quarterback Drew Brees are not any closer to a contract extension and have made little progress on a long-term deal. ... Brees, who was tagged by the Saints as their franchise player, has not signed his one-year tender and has skipped the team's voluntary workouts to date. Brees led the Saints to the franchise's first Super Bowl championship after the 2009 season. He broke Dan Marino's single-season passing yards record last season, throwing for 5,476 yards and 46 touchdowns. Last month, Saints owner Tom Benson said "we're close" when asked if a long-term deal was near.

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May 3, 2012  08:21 AM ET

Close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades and dancing. Add to this list, if you'd like.

May 3, 2012  08:22 AM ET

It's cheaper to tag him this year and next. He can't go anywhere and he cannot sit out.

May 3, 2012  08:24 AM ET
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Close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades and dancing. Add to this list, if you'd like.

You can add nuclear weapons, too, unless you're going after hardened targets like missile silos.

But, face it, the Saints are a pretty soft target these days.

May 3, 2012  08:25 AM ET

RIP Junior Seau--you gave us some great moments.

May 3, 2012  08:34 AM ET
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It's cheaper to tag him this year and next. He can't go anywhere and he cannot sit out.

Isn't Brees a NFLPA rep? Letting the NFL stick with the franchise player deal probably sounded like an ok idea till he got stuck with it. With that said, Brees man up take your what $12 million or so your gonna get this year and smile about it.

May 3, 2012  08:39 AM ET

Yeah, Brees can play the season out. If they tag him again, he can do it again. After that, he's a free man and can play the same game as Peyton Manning.

Loyalty is nice, but if your team doesn't reciprocate, it's time to move on.

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May 3, 2012  09:26 AM ET
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RIP Junior Seau--you gave us some great moments.

Awesome montage but I can't believe he willfully took his own life. Pretty awful thing to do to your family, imo.

May 3, 2012  09:29 AM ET
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Yeah, Brees can play the season out. If they tag him again, he can do it again. After that, he's a free man and can play the same game as Peyton Manning.Loyalty is nice, but if your team doesn't reciprocate, it's time to move on.

Totally agree.

May 3, 2012  09:29 AM ET
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May 3, 2012  09:44 AM ET

In defense of the Saints, though, the head coach and GM are both suspended, and they just found out this week which players won't be available for the start of the season. So, they didn't know how much cap space they had, and even then they've got nobody to do the negotiating.

ESPN should know this.

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May 3, 2012  10:09 AM ET
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Credit card fraud? No thanks... I'm trying to cut back.

More than likely a trojan virus as soon as you click the site.

May 3, 2012  10:12 AM ET

If I were a Saints fan I would be worried. With all the bad Karma working against the Saints, the risk of maybe losing my starting QB next season would terrify me.

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May 3, 2012  10:18 AM ET
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Saints don't have much cap space to deal with. Only way to do that deal is for him to take what is due him now and negotiate the other years. If he seeks guaranteed money for several years, then can't see Saints agreeing to that as he is getting up in age for an athlete. Do hope they sign him soon because now he is one of the elite quarterbacks in the league. Who is going to conduct negotiations now that the woosey commissioner has done his thing. NFLPA is not happy with the commissioner for the penalties just levied on players with no evidence shown to the NFLPA representatives. Goodell thinks he is a dictator. A STRIKE will end his career and put him back as a used car salesman.

Bitter?

May 3, 2012  10:38 AM ET
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Bitter?

No, thanks, I prefer an India Pale Ale. But thanks for asking.

 
May 3, 2012  10:45 AM ET
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If I were a Saints fan I would be worried. With all the bad Karma working against the Saints, the risk of maybe losing my starting QB next season would terrify me.

Saints are on the fast track to becoming the Aints again.

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