NFL.com Staff | Tags: Three and out, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Drew Brees, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Randy Moss, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, Stevie Johnson, Vincent Jackson, Washington Redskins
Brees won’t sign franchise tag: A bad week just got worse for the Saints. After applying the franchise tag to QB Drew Brees, reports surfaced that the veteran is “livid” about receiving the tag and doesn’t plan on signing. Contract negotiations hadn’t been going well between the two sides and this latest news seems to be a step in the wrong direction. The ultimate outcome could be Brees holding out if the parties can’t reach a long-term deal by mid-July, but it’s best to wait awhile before sounding any of those alarm bells. It’s still worth paying attention to, since Brees’ status would have a major fantasy impact on the entire Saints roster, however, fantasy owners should probably be more afraid of the QB getting entangled in another unsavory deal.
Moss to work out for Saints: As if there couldn’t be more NFL news centered around New Orleans, Randy Moss is expected to work out for the team Tuesday as part of his attempt to re-enter the league. Since the last we saw of Moss was a severely underachieving receiver who looked well past his prime, there’s no reason to consider him as anything more than waiver wire fodder. But if there’s any team that could squeeze some fantasy value out of Moss, it’s the Saints and their stable of interchangeable receivers … provided, of course, Brees is there.
Jackson drawing interest: After avoiding the franchise tag from the Chargers, WR Vincent Jackson will hit the free-agent market and already is drawing quite a bit of interest. The Bears and Redskins are two of the teams that could pursue Jackson and the Bills reportedly have interest as well, despite signing Stevie Johnson to a five-year deal. There’s a chance more teams could jump into the bidding (the 49ers and Vikings immediately come to mind), but among the early contenders, the Bears look like the best fantasy fit. It would give Jackson a chance to be a No. 1 receiver on a team with a quarterback that can get him the ball consistently. The big wideout could see his fantasy draft value fluctuate based on where he ultimately signs, but he will primarily rate as a high-end No. 2 fantasy WR who should come off the board in the second or third round.
– Marcas Grant