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{ The NFL Players Association releases a July 3 statement regarding the arbitrator's decision. Read the statement here. }
Author: NFL Players Association Posted: 7/3/2012

For Immediate Release                                                          

July 3, 2012                                                                                           

NFL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION STATEMENT ON FRANCHISE TAG CLARIFICATION VICTORY

We are very pleased that that the arbitrator agreed with the NFLPA that the correct interpretation of the “third time” Franchise Player designation in the CBA applies across clubs, and a player’s rights will not be unfairly hindered if different clubs designate him as a Franchise Player during his career. 

The arbitrator properly rejected the NFL’s strained interpretation of the CBA language, which ignored the fact that a Franchise Player designation is a narrow exception to the overall free agency structure. This ruling will help all Franchise Players in the future. 

We are very happy that Drew Brees has clarification on this matter, and we hope that it facilitates a successful negotiation for Drew and the Saints.

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