As the March 5 deadline approaches for teams to franchise one player (if they so choose), no team has as great a dilemma facing them as the New Orleans Saints.
They have three players they could legitimately slap the tag on. In each instance, the player is a must-keep. And for that reason, he is a player who the Saints must figure out how to keep.
But with each player there is the pros and cons of making such a decision. Should any of the three hit the free agency market, they would almost instantly be offered millions upon millions of dollars.
It is obvious and need not be said again that re-signing them is a HUGE PRO. The Saints are going to do everything in their power to assure their fans that these players are in Saints uniforms in 2012.
Only in view of the other cons, which will be explained, would franchising any particular player be seen as a con. Hence, the whole goal—and point of this article—is that the Saints want ALL three players back in New Orleans.
In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m referring to Drew Brees, Carl Nicks and Marques Colston.