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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, right, reacts as Craig Carton, left, grabs him during an interview on radio row at the Super Bowl XLVI media center Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, in Indianapolis. The New England Patriots will face the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI Feb. 5. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Saints put franchise tag on quarterback Brees

The New Orleans Saints have placed the franchise tag on Drew Brees — giving them exclusive negotiating rights with their Pro Bowl quarterback for the next year.