Super bowl-winning quarterback, Drew Brees, who is heading into the final year of his contract with the New Orleans Saints, has a little-known, rarely used clause in his deal that prohibits the team from using its franchise tag on him, per league sources.
Brees could still re-sign with New Orleans, a city he says he loves and will always be connected to, but the team cannot block him from leaving.
“Right now [no discussions are taking place]. I don’t expect them to. I don’t really desire them to,” Brees said in July. “I just want to play football and help this team win.”
Last year, under similar circumstances, Brees and the Saints worked out a one-year, $24.25 million extension just a few days before the regular-season opener so that he wouldn’t become an unrestricted free agent after the season.