Vikings Among Several Teams Reaching Out To Free Agent QB Drew Brees

Lynette Rowe
March 13, 2018

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk wrote Friday that although both sides were reportedly set to meet last week in Indianapolis, "those discussions have led to no concrete signs that a deal is coming".

The 34-year-old Strief played in 158 games for the Saints and became a starter in 2011.

The entire offseason Brees has reiterated he'll be playing for the Black and Gold in 2018. Brees and the Saints have until Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET to work out a new deal, or his contract will be voided. The quarterback officially said farewell to Washington on his website Monday and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Minnesota expects a visit from Cousins. That's how it always has gone with Brees' extensions with the Saints (when he signed days before the franchise-tag deadline in 2012 and days before the regular season started in 2016). Minnesota is the odds-on favorite to land Cousins and likely make him the highest-paid quarterback in league history. Well, Brees is technically available. "I think there's only three other guys that have had more than 10 years - same team - in that category for the Saints".

There are still several unresolved issues involving New Orleans' cap, including the grievance over defensive tackle Nick Fairley's health situation, which could net the Saints several million in spending money, but if Brees' contract voids it could make it hard to add much talent this offseason. Cousins is certainly a quality starting quarterback, and potentially better than that. Brees, a certain hall of famer, has played the past 12 seasons with the Saints, and led them to a win in Super Bowl XLIV after the 2009 season. Including the thing that would have been unthinkable as Brees walked off the field in Minneapolis on January 14 - that, come March 14, he'll be returning to Minneapolis to become the team's new quarterback.

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The situation is worth monitoring as the legal tampering period arrives.

That's just the tip of the iceberg on what plans to be a wild 48-plus hours leading up to free agency.

Me too, Mr. Mays.

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