Concerning the latest on the franchise tag and a long-term deal for quarterback Drew Brees, I've heard directly from #9 himself and from members of his camp.
I texted Drew today with the question, "It is being reported that you have expressed that you will not sign your franchise tender. Is that true?" Drew's direct response: "I am reserving all comments and discussions with the Saints directly."
Meanwhile, I also talked today to a person in the Drew Brees camp. Despite some online reports that Brees is “livid” about the franchise tag, that person says Drew still maintains optimism to work out a long-term deal with the Saints. I was told by that person that Brees will go through the process of the tag and hopes to sign a new deal before July 15th.
His camp and the Saints are still talking. Brees has until April 16 to decide if he'll sign the franchise tender if he wants to be able to attend organized team activities.