At a time when many NFL observers believe that Saints hope to conclude negotiations with quarterback Drew Brees in order to allow the franchise tag can be applied to Pro Bowl guard Carl Nicks, there could be a slight flaw in that logic.
A league source tells PFT that the Saints have yet to make an offer to Nicks. Which suggests that the Saints are prepared to let him walk away.
If the Saints wanted to try to keep both players and in light of the large gap that reportedly exists between the Saints and Brees, common sense suggests that the Saints would at least make an effort to lock up Nicks. The thinking is that the Saints have instead decided not to tie up so much money in the guard position, given the large contract given last year to Jahri Evans.
So, if the Saints already are prepared to let Nicks walk, there’s no urgency to get a deal with Brees done by Monday.
Of course, in light of the whole bounty thing, the Saints suddenly have far bigger problems than whether the franchise tag is used on Brees or Nicks.