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NFLPA declares victory, NFL declines comment on Brees ruling

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The $3.96 million pendulum has swung in the direction of quarterback Drew Brees, and the NFLPA justifiably is doing a victory lap.

“We are very pleased that the arbitrator agreed with the NFLPA that the correct interpretation of the ‘third time’ Franchise Player designation in the CBA applies across clubs, and a player’s rights will not be unfairly hindered if different clubs designate him as a Franchise Player during his career,” the NFLPA said in a statement.  “The arbitrator properly rejected the NFL’s strained interpretation of the CBA language, which ignored the fact that a Franchise Player designation is a narrow exception to the overall free agency structure.  This ruling will help all Franchise Players in the future.”

The NFLPA is right on that last point.  The Brees ruling helps all franchise players by making it harder to ever use the franchise tag on any one player three times during his career.  But the league’s interpretation hardly was “strained”; the language was sufficiently murky to permit reasonable minds to disagree on its meaning.  But with all the eggs in the basket of Stephen Burbank, only his opinion mattered — and the NFLPA got lucky that he agreed.

The league isn’t pointing that out, however.  In fact, the league isn’t pointing out anything at all.  NFL spokesman Dan Masonson declined comment on the outcome.

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18 Responses to “NFLPA declares victory, NFL declines comment on Brees ruling”
  1. hey804 says: Jul 3, 2012 2:09 PM

    Now that this is out of the way, expect Brees to sign next Monday or Tuesday to the largest contract in NFL history.

  2. dryzzt23 says: Jul 3, 2012 2:11 PM

    OMG here we go with all the pro-player, pro-union people

    I hope the Saints stick it to Brees now

  3. smacklayer says: Jul 3, 2012 2:16 PM

    The reality is that this is not a victory for the players. Now it will be considered a black mark on a player’s resume if he is has been franchised, or otherwise tagged – – especially if that player has previously been regarded as being difficult to negotiate with(e.g. Breeze). This really will not apply to too many players, but it may give some pause to GMs knowing that they may not be able to play the franchise card down the road without it costing them a boatload.

  4. daysend564 says: Jul 3, 2012 2:17 PM

    Franchise him the next two years, it will be cheaper. If he’s injured, cut him loose for no penalty.

    At his age, with the miles he’s put on his arm, the Stains will regret the day they sign him to a huge contract.

  5. sb44champs says: Jul 3, 2012 2:17 PM

    “the language was sufficiently murky to permit reasonable minds to disagree on its meaning.”
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    No, not the NFL being deliberately ‘murky’ with contract language… Who would have thought??

  6. huskersrock1 says: Jul 3, 2012 2:21 PM

    “The Brees ruling helps all franchise players by making it harder to ever use the franchise tag on any one player three times during his career. ”

    Won’t that make a player that has been franchised twice to be a little less desirable in the free agent market? My guess is most contracts are negotiated with the option to franchise factored in. This ruling means that players that have been franchised less than twice will probably get a premium in the future and players that have been franchised twice will get inferior contracts all things being equal. GREAT VICTORY NFLPA!

  7. thraiderskin says: Jul 3, 2012 2:22 PM

    I don’t think this is that huge of a deal. The League still operates with no regard for the game and the union is still corrupt. Neither one will ever look at the fan as little more than cash cows, the milking will continue as scheduled.

  8. txxxchief says: Jul 3, 2012 2:25 PM

    I guess the arbitrator can’t read either.

  9. bcjim says: Jul 3, 2012 2:28 PM

    I like Brees a *lot* but I wouldnt sign him to any big contract past 37-38 yo. Period. Too risky. Give him whatever contract for 5y. Fine. After that, you’ll be paying him for what he did not what he is doing.

  10. GIBoxer5 says: Jul 3, 2012 2:29 PM

    If you support this ruling, YOU can pay the ticket and concession increases that will be coming to offset the now even higher player salaries. I will choose my couch and HUGE TV from now on. BTW, wonder if the HEAT are still more hated than the dirty cheating SAINTS. I hope someone tears Brees’ arm off this season. With SO MANY movements around the country against greed..Brees seems to be the current posterchild.

  11. buzzardpointlookout says: Jul 3, 2012 3:00 PM

    I love all the player haters. Why do you guys even watch football if you HATE all the men who play the game?

    The franchise tag sucks.

  12. dionoil says: Jul 3, 2012 3:28 PM

    Considering I can’t think of a single player who has been franchised 3 times , this is really more of an academic exercise . Please save your misplaced vitriol for matters of consequence.

  13. cowboyhater says: Jul 3, 2012 3:31 PM

    You have to commend Brees for helping his fellow employees concerning future contracts, and the unfairness of how the NFL does business with it’s players. As for the moron talking about increasing ticket prices, and concessions. Really? That will happen no matter what contract a player is under, and plus we are not talking about an kings ransom concerning his compensation. Bottom line, owners can pay whatever they want on a player, and they can also not pay a player and just let them go. The more and more this team gets exposed, the more I lose respect for that organization. Can’t wait for week one to watch the RG3/Brees match up.

  14. parttimer1 says: Jul 3, 2012 3:31 PM

    Why are you trying to turn a Brees Saints issue into a NFLPA NFL issue?

  15. ninerdynasty says: Jul 3, 2012 3:41 PM

    Why can’t they just pay the man. Without bree’s that team is battling with the Rams for last place year in and year out. Bree’s is basically making 1 mil per win!! there are QB’s out there that are making wayy more than that..

  16. prrbrr says: Jul 3, 2012 3:46 PM

    These bums are doing a wonderful job of beating the business up in the court of public opinion. Eventually the popularity will run out and the money will dry up. Like a hostile takeover, this league is being gutted from the inside out.

  17. huskersrock1 says: Jul 3, 2012 4:29 PM

    If you support this ruling, YOU can pay the ticket and concession increases that will be coming to offset the now even higher player salaries. I will choose my couch and HUGE TV from now on. BTW, wonder if the HEAT are still more hated than the dirty cheating SAINTS. I hope someone tears Brees’ arm off this season. With SO MANY movements around the country against greed..Brees seems to be the current posterchild.

    Salary Cap

  18. lgw91s says: Jul 3, 2012 4:56 PM

    Considering I can’t think of a single player who has been franchised 3 times , this is really more of an academic exercise . Please save your misplaced vitriol for matters of consequence
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    I’m guessing perennial pro bowler Walter Jones would take issue with that. Three straight years.

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