New Orleans has a good amount of key free agents this offseason and it was inevitable that one of them was going to receive the tag, but it definitely should not have been Brees.
Brees is the unquestioned leader of the Saints and will undoubtedly be the focal point for the Saints for years to come. He is a guy the front office needed to extend to a long-term deal and leave the franchise tag for another key player.
The Saints definitely want to keep Brees, and I doubt Brees has a desire to leave, so a deal should have been worked out.
However, since the sides were unable to come to an agreement there will be repercussions.
Let's look at four reasons why the Saints should not have used the franchise tag on Brees.