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Drew Brees ruling helps kickers, too

Phil Dawson AP

Dismissed by some as a one-shot phenomenon with little relevance to other players, the Drew Brees‘ grievance ruling that stacks franchise tags could have broader application than many realize.

And the biggest beneficiaries could be kickers.

Given the importance of having a reliable kicker and the relatively low cost of using the franchise tag to maintain a kicker’s rights (this year, the number was only $2.6 million), more and more teams have been tagging kickers.  This season alone, five kickers found themselves frozen by the franchise tag:  Mike Nugent of the Bengals, Phil Dawson of the Browns, Josh Scobee of the Jaguars, Matt Prater of the Broncos, and Connor Barth of the Buccaneers.  (The Giants also tagged punter Steve Weatherford.)

Coupled with the fact that kickers can play deep into their 30s (and, for some, well beyond), it’s only a matter of time before one of them acquires permanent franchise-tag immunity after being tagged twice.

Actually, Dawson already has it.  Tagged twice by the Browns, Cleveland would have to tender Dawson at the quarterback level if they were to use it on him again in 2013.  But that issue already was resolved.  Now, in the wake of the Brees ruling, no other team can tag Dawson.

Sure, he’s 38.  The chances of him signing a contract with a new team in 2013 and then finishing that contract at the kind of level that would tempt a team to tag him are slim.  But Nugent is 30, Scobee is 30, Prater is 27, and Barth is 26.  Each tagged once, and each having the potential to hang around for another decade or longer, they can be limited by the franchise tag only once more during their careers.

And so, kickers of the National Football League, the next time you see Drew Brees, you should thank him.  You know, right before he says, “Now, who are you again?”

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12 Responses to “Drew Brees ruling helps kickers, too”
  1. coltsluckdynasty says: Jul 6, 2012 9:18 PM

    Drew Brees….. You are the man, you started something amazing! I guess next year during my yearly review, when my boss is about to give me that 4% increase, I can and will refer to the maximum times my boss has given me a 4% over 3 times, and demand more… I’m extremely confident that my boss will understand, and say, you are right!!! Because, he thinks you made a huge difference in the real world.! I hope it works, just so I can say…… Hey, thanks Drew Brees!

  2. thegonz13 says: Jul 6, 2012 9:37 PM

    Drew wants an explanation…

  3. jason1980 says: Jul 6, 2012 10:48 PM

    Dude, you’re the same guys who are railing against the NFLPA. Unions have to negotiate those kinds of deals. Can’t get those perks working at McDonald’s. Drew doesn’t need an explanation, NFL fans will want an explanation when the Saints destroy some dreams this season. Can’t wait. Who Dat Nation is putting the league on notice, we’re taking no prisoners.

  4. mark8240 says: Jul 7, 2012 12:12 AM

    Your right the saints are not taking any prisoners. There just aiming for the knees of their opponents hoping they get that extra 200 bucks.

  5. sjb48 says: Jul 7, 2012 12:26 AM

    coltsluckdynasty,

    Brees got screwed when he was tagged in San Diego. Why wouldn’t he do everything possible to make sure he isn’t tagged next year. He deserves a long term deal, I hope he gets it.

  6. coltsluckdynasty says: Jul 7, 2012 1:04 AM

    The saints are terrible, and their leader is so worried about his money, he has forgotten about the rest of the team! I’m sure he will be happy throwing the ball to no one in a couple of years. The saints won’t be able to field a competitive team because drew is worried about his…. Say what you want, he has turned into the worst teammate ever…. But, im sure he is happy, that’s what truly matters, Drews happiness….. JOKE that bounty money will be a necessity, that way the lesser players can get a little extra. Maybe drew can have that fur patch removed from his cheek now!

  7. seattle49er says: Jul 7, 2012 1:37 AM

    Lol. Who Dat Nation is taking no prisoners? Thats cute. You’re time is up. Hope you enjoyed it while it lasted. Hey, at least you got a Super Bowl* out of it.

  8. saintsfan26 says: Jul 7, 2012 1:46 AM

    mark8240 says: Jul 7, 2012 12:12 AM

    Your right the saints are not taking any prisoners. There just aiming for the knees of their opponents hoping they get that extra 200 bucks.

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    It is comments like this that is the reason why Goodell is being sued left and right for defamation among other things. You keep building Vilma’s case with uneducated slander like this.

    If you can show me 1 instance, just 1 from over the last 3 years where a Saints player dove at someones knee and intentionally tried to injure them, then i would understand your bone-headed comment. But you cant, so i dont. Now shut up.

  9. fan73 says: Jul 7, 2012 3:39 AM

    Your right the saints are not taking any prisoners. There just aiming for the knees of their opponents hoping they get that extra 200 bucks.

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    Every team a bounty program of some type….people act surprised like they didnt know this has been going on for years. The players know it but won’t speak about it for fear of getting their teams caught up in the mess….c’mon man……
    if u watched the saints the past few years then you know their D sucks, they were the ones getting run over……its Drew Brees and that bad a$$ O that takes no prisoners

  10. dfinpds says: Jul 7, 2012 7:54 AM

    Drew Brees doesn’t care about ANYONE but drew brees.

  11. bluefan204 says: Jul 7, 2012 8:16 AM

    jason1980 says: Jul 6, 2012 10:48 PM

    Who Dat Nation is putting the league on notice, we’re taking no prisoners.

    Of course they’re not taking prisoners. The proverbial ‘jail’ is full of their own coaching staff and a handful of their own players.

  12. gadgetdawg says: Jul 7, 2012 9:13 PM

    Every team a bounty program of some type…
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    I have all the evidence I need that the Saints had one. I’ll be waiting with bated breath for your guest column outlining the specifics of the 31 other bounty programs that you seem to know all the details about.

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