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

Drew Mahowald: The Vikings and their Chances of Landing Drew Brees [VikingsTerritory.com]

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Basically, from Monday until Wednesday, it is possible for a team to have the contract for a new signing drawn up and documented on their end, but the player will not be able to actually officially join the team until the official start of the free agency period.

The road to the Super Bowl in the NFC is daunting, with a wide variety of teams expected to be legitimate contenders over the next 3-5 years.

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints still don't have a deal. Brees is free to communicate with other teams when the legal tampering period begins on Monday, just the same as any free agent.

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But we've reached the point on the clock where simply chalking up Brees' Saints return as a fait accompli is a unsafe proposition.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Vikings have "reached out" to free agent Drew Brees.

Let's just pretend for a moment that Brees wants to head north. Of course Brees is the better player, but Cousins is younger and still has room to grow. You're the greatest leader I've ever been around and I admire you so much as a player but more as a person.

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The Vikings' top offseason priority is figuring out who will be under center Week 1. If the team has to cough up close to $30 million per year to land Cousins, that defense is going to be torn apart down the road. For as swell as Case Keenum was in 2017, I don't think anyone would consider him elite.

Brees re-structured his contract to cut a cap hit in 2016 almost in half, pro-rating a signing bonus of $18 million over three years, starting in 2018.

Brees, who turned 39 in January, threw for 4,328 yards with 28 touchdowns and eight interceptions last season.

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