The NFL confirmed Tuesday arbitrator Stephen Burbank made the franchise tag ruling in favor of Brees and the NFL Players Association, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported.
The ruling means Brees, who is in long-term contract negotiations with the Saints, would be eligible for a 44 percent pay raise if he gets the franchise tag again in the next off-season.
Receiving the designation in 2013 would give Brees a one-year deal worth $23.5 million.
The ruling strengthens Brees' position as negotiations with the team approach a July 16 deadline for a long-term agreement.
If he doesn't sign a contract, Brees will have to play under the franchise tender of $16.37 million or could choose to sit out all or part of next season.
The All-Pro quarterback has twice received the franchise tag -- once with the San Diego Charges in 2005 and once with the Saints in March.
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