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Brees and Manning Want the Franchise Tag to be Exempt for Them in New Deal

Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe reports an NFL source with direct knowledge of negotiations said Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and Drew Brees of the Saints are requesting to be exempt from the franchise tag for the rest of their careers.

That means Manning, who was tagged by the Colts before the lockout, wants to become an unrestricted free agent now.

Brees’ contract is up after this season.

The request from Manning and Brees is not without precedent. When the 1993 antitrust lawsuit was settled, all the lead plaintiffs were exempt from the tag for their careers.

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One Response to “Brees and Manning Want the Franchise Tag to be Exempt for Them in New Deal”

  1. Rob says:

    That story was a rampant rumor yesterday but I don’t think there was ever much to it. PFT’s Florio let his rabid followers run with it all day and claimed it might even scuttle the CBA. Even if it was true, it wouldn’t have scuttled the deal. The Saints and Colts probably would have been upset but the deep pocket, QB-needy teams like Washington or Seattle would have canceled those two no votes.

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