The New Orleans Saints placed the exclusive rights franchise tag on quarterback Drew Brees, ensuring he will be around for 2012 (which was never really in doubt) as they continue to try to work out a new contract.
Reportedly, the Saints and Brees are far apart on a new deal, so they didn’t want to risk him entering free agency, which is a good move. This could prevent the Saints from being able to re-sign all of their key free agents, such as Marques Colston, Robert Meachem, and Carl Nicks.
The Washington Redskins also used their franchise tag on Saturday, slapping tight end Fred Davis after his career year in 2011. Davis finished last year with 59 receptions for 796 yards and three touchdowns. He was also suspended at the end of the year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, but he is a key part of the Washington offense.