WIST-AM, citing sources in the Brees camp, reported, via CBSSports.com, that the record-setting quarterback is "livid" that he received the franchise tag.
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Brees and the Saints still can negotiate a long-term deal, but if one is not reached by July 15 then Brees must either sign the franchise-tag deal or hold out.
The franchise figure for quarterbacks in 2012 currently stands at between $16 million and $17 million, but that could change depending on what happens with any potential Peyton Manning deal.
The Saints' decision to use their tag on Brees adds another twist to what has been a surprisingly contentious round of negotiations between the team and its quarterback, who broke Dan Marino's NFL single-season passing record two months ago and led New Orleans to its only Super Bowl championship two years ago.