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PHILADELPHIA - On Wednesday, a hearing will be held in Philadelphia on the status of Drew Brees' franchise tag designation by the Saints. The hearing has nothing to do with the exclusive rights designation for this season.

The players union is taking up for Brees, according to a story, asking the league to look into the negotiations between the Saints and the quarterback which remain at loggerheads.

'According to sources with knowledge of the situation, the NFLPA recently submitted a letter to commissioner Roger Goodell regarding Brees' contract impasse with New Orleans, asking the league to launch a probe into whether the Saints were acting in good faith in negotiations with the star quarterback,' writes Jason La Caforna for

At issue is what happens if no long-term deal is reached and the Saints once again place the franchise tag on Brees in 2013.

The Players Association will ask an arbitrator for clarification on how much the Saints would be forced to pay Brees in 2013, which could be as much as $24 million for the 2013 season, according to

Meanwhile, Brees and the Saints have until July 16 to come up with a long-term deal.

Brees said he is confident that a deal will be reached by then.

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