Saints QB Drew Brees gets exclusive-rights franchise tag
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Saints QB Drew Brees gets exclusive-rights franchise tag

As expected, the New Orleans Saints have franchise-tagged quarterback Drew Brees @drewbrees. They did so on Saturday. The Saints gave Brees the exclusive-rights tag, meaning that no other team can even talk to him. With the tag, Brees will make between $15 million and $16 million next season. Brees was named the league's Offensive Player of the Year after putting up a record 5,746 passing yards with 47 total touchdowns.

Fantasy Analysis:

The Saints' inabilty to sign Brees to a long-term deal makes it more difficult for them to hold on to free agents and valuable weapons, Marques Colston @MarquesColston and Robert Meachem. Obviously, losses there would have an effect on Brees' fantasy value, but as of right now, Brees is an easy first round-pick and no worse that second in fantasy quarterback rankings behind Aaron Rodgers.

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I have played fantasy sports since 2001. I've played mostly in fantasy football and baseball leagues. I wrote for FFToolbox from 2002-2005 and re-joined in 2009.

I was an undergraduate from the University of Central Florida, and a master's graduate from Cal State University, Northridge specializing in journalism/mass communication. I make my home in Long Beach, Calif.

While I grew up in California, my favorite football team has always been the New York Giants.

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