An arbitrator will rule on Saints QB Drew Brees' franchise-tag grievance in a week, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday.
The dispute reportedly stems from whether Brees would potentially be due a 20 or 44 percent raise if he were given the franchise tag by New Orleans in 2013. The Saints gave him the exclusive franchise tag earlier this offseason.
The Chargers, Brees' former team, gave him the franchise tag in 2005. Reportedly at issue is whether the Chargers' designation would count toward determining Brees' salary in '13, were he to receive the tag once again. If it were decided that all three franchise tags counted toward the calculation of the '13 franchise tender, he would receive the greater of a 44 percent raise, a 20 percent raise over the average of the five highest QB salaries from the previous year or the average of the five highest salaries at the highest-paid position from the previous year.
If just the Saints' designations counted — meaning if it were decided that the Chargers' tag wasn't to be considered, as Brees had changed teams in '06 — he would get the greater of a 20 percent raise over his 2012 salary or the franchise tender at his position for the '13 season.
Brees will reportedly make more than $16 million this season if he signs his tender. The Saints have until July 16 to sign him to a contract extension.