The 7 Biggest Keys to New Orleans Saints' 2012 NFL Free Agency Strategy

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The 7 Biggest Keys to New Orleans Saints' 2012 NFL Free Agency Strategy
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It's kind of funny really how everything revolves around Drew Brees this offseason. And I'm not limiting that to discussions around the New Orleans Saints.

In NFL terms, if Brees were to somehow spurn the Saints, or they he, Brees would instantly become the hottest name on the block. 

That being said, Drew Brees should return to New Orleans to retire as a New Orleans Saint. He will go down as the most influential and best player in franchise history. He will forever be a Big Easy legend. 

That statement is true regardless of where Brees laces up his cleats next season. But should that place not be the Mercedes Benz Superdome, a franchise and a city will mourn for days, weeks, months and probably even years. 

Therefore, everything revolves around re-signing Drew Brees not to a franchise tag but to a long-term deal. It will not only give Brees the security, and by extension, trust that New Orleans wants him to retire a Saint, but more importantly, will ring throughout the NFL that the Saints are here to stay. 

Free agents will continue to crave playing in the Crescent City alongside Brees and for the finest head coach in football. 

But should he leave, all hell may break loose. 

There's really only one strategy for the Saints in free agency. Until that elective is met, no other may proceed. Once it is completed, the Saints have a lot of work to do. 

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