We still don’t know what or when the Saints will pay Drew Brees in 2012. But now we’re closer to knowing what he could make in 2013.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Tuesday that Arbitrator Stephen Burbank ruled in favor of Brees and the NFLPA, that his 2005 franchise tag by the Chargers applied as the first for calculating future tag values.
That means that Brees’ current tag would be considered his second, and if tagged again next year by the Saints, his salary would be 144 percent of this year’s number.
That would mean a one-year deal worth around $23.5 million in 2013, or close to $40 million for the next two years.
The Saints argued unsuccessfully that the CBA gave them the right to tag Brees three times.
Florio wrote a detailed summation of the legal issues earlier this month, but the short version is, with this ruling, there’s that much more leverage for Brees in negotiating a long-term deal.