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Manning and Brees Want to Be Exempt from the Franchise Tag

Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe reports an NFL source with direct knowledge of negotiations said Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and Drew Brees of the Saints are requesting to be exempt from the franchise tag for the rest of their careers.

That means Manning, who was tagged by the Colts before the lockout, wants to become an unrestricted free agent now.

Brees’ contract is up after this season.

The request from Manning and Brees is not without precedent. When the 1993 antitrust lawsuit was settled, all the lead plaintiffs were exempt from the tag for their careers.


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