April 14, 2010

RFA's signing one-year deals as Jammal Brown waits, avoids

Over the past few days and before Thursday's signing deadline, restricted free agents with qualifying offers, and the Saints had many, are signing their one-year deals. 

The signing doesn't rule out player movement, however.  In the case of Denver WR Brandon Marshall or Redskins QB Jason Campbell, signing the restricted free agent offer is an action meant to make a trade to another team easier.

Then we have the case of veteran left tackle Jammal Brown, a Pro Bowler at the position who was lost for the 2009 season before it even began with hernia and hip injuries.

Brown, according to the Times-Picayune's Mike Tripplet, is avoiding offseason workouts and has not signed his restricted free agent tender offer.

Thanks to the labor unrest in the NFL, this 2010 offseason is the well-documented final league year which extends free agency from 4 to 6 years.  Brown, 29, is one of the best players worst affected in the entire league by this, which allows the Saints to retain Brown with a one-year, $3.619 million deal instead of what Brown would be gathering on the open market- upwards of $20 million guaranteed in a long-term contract.

The Saints remain loaded at offensive tackle, where they have Brown and three other high-quality players at the key tackle positions.

Brown hasn't publicly taken his absence from "voluntary" workouts to the point where he would prefer a trade, but it remains a possibility that the Saints would rather trade Brown than give him a mega-deal.  Its also not known yet if Brown will skip any mandatory activities such as minicamp or training camp.

Other Saints have signed their one-year tender offers are DT Remi Ayodele, TE David Thomas, and LT Jermon Bushrod. 

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