Carl Nicks: 'I don't want to be franchised!!!!'
Carl Nicks is new to the world of Twitter.
He joined it five days ago and already the New Orleans Saints All-Pro guard has his account verified. As of this writing, he’d shared 46 tweets with the Twitterverse from his handle @bigbrickhouse77.
Just earlier this afternoon, Nicks let it be known that he has no interest in the franchise tag.
“I don't want to be franchised!!!!” Nicks tweeted.
It’s hardly an original thought, but it’s a mechanism the Saints have by virtue of the collective bargaining agreement. The deadline for clubs to use the franchise tag is Monday. Quarterback Drew Brees will be wearing the tag if he doesn’t have a long-term deal before then.
But Brees and the Saints are smart enough to realize both sides need to get a deal done in order to help the team. Because if Brees had a deal done the Saints can go ahead and place the tag on Nicks, provided the Saints carve out just enough cap space to make the move.
We’ll see what happens here. Few players welcome the franchise tag but the reality is if Brees gets a deal done in time, Nicks very well may be tagged. We’ll have to see what he has to say if and when that happens.
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