Saints tag Howard as franchise player
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"Placing the franchise tag on Darren today is a step in the process to getting him signed to a long-term deal, " Loomis said. "Darren has been a very productive player and is a core player on our defense. He is a quality defensive starter in this league and our priority is to retain these types of core players."
Howard had a rough campaign in 2003, missing eight games with a dislocated wrist that he suffered in Week 1. He finished the season with 5 sacks and 25 tackles. In his career, Howard has recorded 30 sacks with 202 tackles.