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Brees, Manning hope to avoid franchise tag in new CBA

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Previously, we’ve speculated that the named plaintiffs in the Tom Brady class action could seek the same benefit that the named plaintiffs in the Reggie White class action received — a career exemption from the franchise tag.  The fact that the named plaintiffs in the Brady case include Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who is subject to the franchise tag now, and Saints quarterback Drew Brees, whose contract expires after the 2011 season, makes the possibility a much more intriguing one.

And now let’s make it even more intriguing.

Per multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, but who have requested anonymity . . . yada, yada, yada . . . sensitivity of the situation . . . yada, yada, yada . . . confidentiality of the settlement talks, the agency that represents Manning and Brees is pushing for both players to be exempt from the application of the franchise tag.  If CAA is successful, Manning would be in position to squeeze the Colts for a monstrous contract — even more monstrous than the one he’ll get even if the franchise tag is applied.

This also would benefit Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson, to whom the Chargers applied the franchise tag before the lockout started, and Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins, who also received the franchise tag before the lockout.  Over the long haul, the biggest winner could be Broncos rookie linebacker Von Miller, who would sign his first contract knowing that, when it expires, it truly will expire.

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36 Responses to “Brees, Manning hope to avoid franchise tag in new CBA”
  1. medtxpack says: Jun 27, 2011 5:55 PM

    AKA,……we’d like our cake and we’d like to eat it too…..

  2. geo1113 says: Jun 27, 2011 6:02 PM

    We sued to make life better for all of our brothers…cough, hack, wheeze!

  3. clayjayhawk says: Jun 27, 2011 6:04 PM

    Leave it to Peyton Manning to try to get more money than anyone else in the history of the NFL when he is not now, never was, nor ever will be the best at his position. He’s a great player and I really hate to say that because I really do hate him, ( sorry I’m a diehard Georgia fan). But I really don’t think he’s ever been the top guy at ANY time in his career in the NFL.

  4. johnnyjagfan says: Jun 27, 2011 6:06 PM

    AKA, we’d like preferential treatment because we’re better players than the rest of the guys we represent.

  5. 1historian says: Jun 27, 2011 6:09 PM

    Drew Brees is a good person, loves his kids, a good member of the community, etc, but he is NOT worth a monster contract.

    You heard it here first.

    Neither is Peyton – the guy is 35 or so, he gets more banged up every year – When he gets done the colts are toast.

  6. nublar7 says: Jun 27, 2011 6:12 PM

    If the franchise tag is removed from the new CBA and players that were franchised before the lockout have their tag voided, what about players that SIGNED their franchise tag? That would be players like LaMarr Woodley of the Steelers, Kamerion Wimbley of the Raiders and Paul Soliai of the Dolphins.

  7. ravensfan4life52 says: Jun 27, 2011 6:16 PM

    maybe Peyton wants out of Indy. why else would he care? he’s gonna get paid either way.

  8. hobartbaker says: Jun 27, 2011 6:17 PM

    They sent in a request to NFL Network requesting that Mike Mayock no longer use them as examples of “franchise quarterbacks”.

  9. Soulman45 says: Jun 27, 2011 6:17 PM

    What is these people doing they make a good living and have a good life as a retired person go to work so I can have a little fun on Sunday.
    I won’t some football who cares weather they are FA or not.

  10. imag3d says: Jun 27, 2011 6:28 PM

    How much money do these guys need? Isn’t their children and grandchildren already set for life?

  11. stairwayto7 says: Jun 27, 2011 6:28 PM

    Manning is a playoff choker..lok at hos records and stats in the playoffs!

  12. zackd2 says: Jun 27, 2011 6:29 PM

    “AKA,……we’d like our cake and we’d like to eat it too…..”

    Yeah, totally the opposite of the owner’s stance right?

  13. spidey817 says: Jun 27, 2011 6:38 PM

    They should just get rid of the franchise tag altogether.

  14. siggy00 says: Jun 27, 2011 6:42 PM

    A Manning bullying his way into getting what he wants?

    Oh go on….

  15. ianwhetstone says: Jun 27, 2011 6:56 PM

    That Peyton Manning… he’s a real team player. Just wait until the next time he makes a Manning face to try to blame another one-and-done playoff loss on whatever scrub lineman they have to bring in off the street because he’s sucking up a quarter of the cap space. That’ll be rich.

  16. nepatriots128154 says: Jun 27, 2011 6:59 PM

    And the cycle continues…

    Manning signs a huge contract and eats up a ton of $$, then Colt fans complain that he doesn’t have a good enough supporting cast.

  17. thetooloftools says: Jun 27, 2011 7:00 PM

    I Love how QB’s can upset a teams pay structure and then when they have no wide receivers or O-line they blame the fact that the team won’t give them any support.
    How much do they need?
    This gives the whole game a greed factor that is repulsive.

  18. doncornelious says: Jun 27, 2011 7:03 PM

    That picture of Manning mocking Chinese people is Not Cool.

  19. waccoforflacco says: Jun 27, 2011 7:04 PM

    The Colts should just offer Manning a FAIR and reasonable contract and say sign it or get the hell out and no other team even answer his agent’s phone calls. Why should other teams be forced to pay Manning any more then the Colts are offering.

    The players can stick their collusion bullsh## up their a$$es.

  20. vbe2 says: Jun 27, 2011 7:10 PM

    I’ve lost all respect for Brady and Manning. They’re worthless pond scum and I’ll never buy products that they endorse (because they endorse it) again.

  21. denverwally says: Jun 27, 2011 7:13 PM

    Hey Indy,
    How much money do you think Dan Snyder would offer Manning if he were an unrestricted FA? A heck of a lot more than Polian would ever pony up for him, thats how much. You all had better hope and pray he doesn’t go to unrestricted status or you can kiss him goodbye. This guy is all about the dollar bills, always has been, always will be.
    Is Sorgi still on your roster?

  22. august1969 says: Jun 27, 2011 7:13 PM

    Nice move Von Miller. Now I get it.

  23. joemcrugby says: Jun 27, 2011 7:20 PM

    The last antitrust litigation wherewas filed in 1990. The settlement was reached in 1993 after the players “won” in a jury trial. Due to the length of time involved and the plaintiffs’ victory in court, the named plaintiffs got an exemption from the franchise tag. All of this was due to the tidal wave of leverage the players had at that moment in time.

    Fast forward to the present: The owners haven’t even filed an answer to the complaint filed less than 4 months ago. ;-)

    There’s zero – let me repeat – zero chance that these “special guys” receive a ‘Get out of jail free’ card for their “4 months of hard work”, all at the expense of their brethren whom must live with the franchise tag.

  24. jackwar says: Jun 27, 2011 7:26 PM

    PFT Commentors are very poorly educated football fans.

  25. krow101 says: Jun 27, 2011 7:59 PM

    Good grief… how big a pile of money does Peyton want to leave behind when he’s dead? Or has he found a way to take it with him? Does greed have no limits?

  26. pittsburghsteelerz says: Jun 27, 2011 8:10 PM

    Didn’t the Reggie White CBA give birth to the franchise tag? That’s why he was given THAT perk.

    In 2011, I predict some type of salary cap exclusion so that Manning, Brees, etc can be paid huge sums without a full cap hit.

  27. txhc says: Jun 27, 2011 8:13 PM

    “spidey817 says:
    Jun 27, 2011 6:38 PM
    They should just get rid of the franchise tag altogether.”

    Absolutely agree with this, everyone who thumbed down his comment is retarded. When a player is up for free agency that should be all there is to it. The team should not be able to hold a player hostage by slapping the franchise tag on them. Once they’ve done their time and their contract is up they should be able to have absolute control over what the next step in their career is. If that means leaving then so be it, it’s their choice. The franchise tag is ridiculous, and it doesn’t happen in any other sport but the NFL. Get rid of it.

  28. alewatcher says: Jun 27, 2011 9:25 PM

    vbe2 says: Jun 27, 2011 7:10 PM

    I’ve lost all respect for Brady and Manning. They’re worthless pond scum and I’ll never buy products that they endorse (because they endorse it) again.
    ————————
    This is where I cannot agree. Brady has taken below market contracts to get better players around him. Manning has made no secret of wanting to make the most money. No way can you lump them together.

    As far as product endorsements, who cares? I buy what I like.

  29. dietrich43 says: Jun 27, 2011 9:55 PM

    Given Peyton a break. With that head, he must spend millions a year on hats!

  30. scytherius says: Jun 27, 2011 10:43 PM

    Screw off Peyton.

  31. maumontav5 says: Jun 27, 2011 11:39 PM

    That probably won’t happen since the players would have to make a concession on another issue which involved all of the players not just a handful.

  32. damnyankee13 says: Jun 28, 2011 5:57 AM

    The employees want to run the business, aint that something?Maybe we should start boycotting games to let them know what their salary demands are worth to us. As a result, everything else in game is more expensive.
    Let them get a job loading trucks and see if they like it.
    O, they wont, thats REAL work.

  33. myeaglescantwin says: Jun 28, 2011 9:34 AM

    the franchise tag should be abolished..

    i do think its hilarious how they always preach about how manning makes no name receivers NFL worthy,, the fact is that they cant really afford anyone else.

  34. tombradyswig says: Jun 28, 2011 9:52 AM

    Get ready for the Painter era in indy…..
    lol

  35. ilovefoolsball says: Jun 28, 2011 5:24 PM

    ianwhetstone says: Jun 27, 2011 6:56 PM

    That Peyton Manning… he’s a real team player. Just wait until the next time he makes a Manning face to try to blame another one-and-done playoff loss on whatever scrub lineman they have to bring in off the street because he’s sucking up a quarter of the cap space. That’ll be rich.
    ______
    let’s face it, Reggie Wayne was late coming out of his cut when Tracy Porter stole that pick 6.
    It was also Reggie Wayne’s fault that he dropped the last pass of the game.

  36. popolover says: Jun 30, 2011 9:17 PM

    Irsay does not have the kind of money to keep up with the other owners.

    Either way Chrisissy will mess it up and daddy will have to fix it.

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