Drew Brees and former Saints linebacker, Scott Fujita and players union head, DeMaurice Smith met with NFL officials today to discuss the Saints bounty program that led to the suspension of head coach, Sean Payton as well as possible punishments against players that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says will occur. Goodell says there are about 22-30 players who were involved in the program including Fujita and linebacker, Jonathan Vilma. Punishments that have occurred already include the suspension of Payton, a fine of $500,000, stripped of two draft picks, general manager Mickey Loomis suspended for first eight games, and interim head coach, Joe Vitt who will be suspended for the first six regular-season games.
- AP source: Brees, Fujita, Smith meet with NFL (kansascity.com)
- Drew Brees and Players Union To Meet With NFL Over Bounty Scandal (inquisitr.com)
Taken from a list off of Yahoo! Sports
Arizona Cardinals: Calais Campbell, defensive end
Atlanta Falcons: Brent Grimes, cornerback
Baltimore Ravens: Ray Rice, running back
Chicago Bears: Matt Forte, running back
Cincinnati Bengals: Mike Nugent, kicker
Cleveland Browns: Phil Dawson, kicker
Dallas Cowboys: Anthony Spencer, linebacker
Denver Broncos: Matt Prater, kicker
Detroit Lions: Cliff Avril, defensive end
Indianapolis Colts: Robert Mathis, defensive end
Jacksonville Jaguars: Josh Scobee, kicker
Kansas City Chiefs: Dwayne Bowe, wide receiver
New England Patriots: Wes Welker, wide receiver
New Orleans Saints: Drew Brees, quarterback
New York Giants: Steve Weatherford, punter
Oakland Raiders: Tyvon Branch, safety
Philadelphia Eagles: DeSean Jackson, wide receiver
San Francisco 49ers: Dashon Goldson, safety
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Connor Barth, kicker
Tennessee Titans: Michael Griffin, safety
Washington Redskins: Fred Davis, tight end
For the most part there were many key players who were franchise tagged giving the team another year to work out a contract, but there also some very important players who weren’t franchise tagged and could be left to test free agency or in works with a new contract.
Mario Williams (OLB, Houston Texans), Matt Flynn (QB, Green Bay Packers), Vincent Jackson (WR, San Diego Chargers), Carl Nicks (G, New Orleans Saints),Brandon Lloyd (WR, St. Louis Rams), Cortland Finnegan (CB, Tennessee Titans), Marques Colston(WR, New Orleans Saints).
From what is being said around the league both Vincent Jackson and Marques Colston are going to test their luck in free agency to take their talents elsewhere to another team.
- Tags complete, QB Flynn heads players headed to market (aol.sportingnews.com)
- Biggest NFL Franchise Tag Winners and Losers (bleacherreport.com)
Time is ticking for players who are hoping to stay with their previous teams. Players like DeSean Jackson and Drew Brees have already been franchise tagged to their prospective teams with a combined salary of $13.8 million this season. For Brees and his success it’s a lot less than what he deserves and for Jackson it’s another chance to prove himself for a bigger contract next season. Another player who is breathing a sigh of relief is running back for the Seattle Seahawks, Marshawn Lynch who just signed a 4-year deal worth $31 million with $18 million guaranteed. Along with him is Buffalo Bills wide-receiver, Stevie Johnson and Houston Texans running back, Arian Foster who each signed to long term deals with their teams. Other significant players that have been tagged by their teams are Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and Chicago Bears running back, Matt Forte. Since the deadline for tagging just passed less than a half hour ago, I’m sure there are going to be more updates with some players I’ve yet to mention. Stay tuned…
This won’t be like many other posts. This is something plain and simple in questioning the New Orleans Saints, WHY WAS DREW BREES GIVEN THE FRANCHISE TAG? Has he not proven himself as one of THE elite quarterbacks of this league. Last year he broke Dan Marino’s record and had one of the best numbers of a quarterback this past season. Sources around the league said as recently as yesterday that the Saints and Brees’ agent had yet to come to an agreement about a contract. There are a few reasons why I see this has happened. One of those reasons being that they want a little more time to build a better team around Brees in order to bring another Super Bowl back to New Orleans. Another reason would be exactly how long will Brees be able to compete with all the younger quarterbacks that have yet to set foot in the league. There’s some unanswered questions about this and yes a few logical explanations. But in my opinion, pay the man his money so he can bring another championship back to New Orleans.
- New Orleans Saints Reportedly Place Franchise Tag on QB Drew Brees (bleacherreport.com)
Free Agency is a big deal in the NFL. Some of the best players of a team’s roster enter into free agency due to money issues or roster space. Sometimes team’s have to let that player go or offer them a ridiculous amount of money to stay. This offseason there are a few notable players in free agency that may or may not stay with their teams. I’m going to discuss a few free agents that are more likely to stay with their teams, some that are going to leave, and those that are going to get franchise tagged.
#9 QB New Orleans Saints
Brees, despite not making it into this year’s super bowl had one of the most beautiful statistical years of his career. He broke Dan Marino’s record for passing yards in a year of 5,084 with a 9-yard touchdown pass to running back Darren Sproles in a Monday night showdown between the Saints and division rivals, Atlanta Falcons. Brees completed the season with 5,476 yards, 46 touchdowns, an average of 342 yards a game and passer rating of 110.6.
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