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Drew Brees, Saints 'Well Apart' In Contract Talks; Franchise Tag Likely

The New Orleans Saints are dealing with a number of items on their "to-do" list for the offseason, but you can be certain that the number one priority on that list is retaining their superstar quarterback Drew Brees. Brees is an impending free agent this March and the driving force of the Saints' potent offense. New Orleans can ill afford to be without him in 2012 and they have no intention of doing so.

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Adam Schefter of ESPN reported on Wednesday that Brees and the Saints remain "well apart" in talks regarding a long-term contract for the quarterback. Schefter states that if the sides are unable to come to an agreement by Monday, the Saints will apply the franchise tag on Brees. It would be their last day they would be able to do so.

This news may seem somewhat surprising, but if Brees were to hit the open market, he would be by far the best player available this year and money would be no object to obtaining him for many teams. Brees is well aware of his value, as are the Saints. Either way, he won't be going anywhere.

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