Of the remaining players collared with the franchise tag for 2012, Drew Brees is the most high-profile and the NFLPA would like to know if the New Orleans Saints have been negotiating in good faith.
According to a report by Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the NFLPA requested NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell explore the matter with less than three weeks now before the July 16 deadline for players with the tag to sign long-term contracts.
According to the report, some question whether or not Brees’ visible work as part of the union during the lockout is now working against him as he seeks a multi-year deal from the Saints. While Brees and club officials, whenever probed, have suggested a deal will get done, time is running out.
La Canfora writes that the NFLPA is also prepared to file a claim with the National Labor Relations Board if the NFL does not look into this matter involving Brees. The mission by the NFLPA was not sparked by Brees, either. It would be somewhat surprising if the league jumped in the middle of this situation. But then again, what hasn’t been surprising about this offseason for the Saints?
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