Vikings Reach Out to Drew Brees

Would Cowboys sack Dak Prescott if Drew Brees hit the open market

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

Brees is an 11-time Pro Bowler and led the Saints to the 2009 Super Bowl (we won't deep dive, Vikings fans). Brees' contract re-negotiation with the Saints really screwed them over on the cap, which is part of the danger of moving money into future years, and they could get seriously burned. They can. They have $45 million of salary cap space available. Both are completely unrestricted free agents and both are set to make about $30 million next year. Cousins reportedly has four suitors (the Jets, Vikings, Broncos and Cardinals), while Brees is expected to return to the Saints. only New Orleans hasn't hammered out a deal with him yet. 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).

Graham, 31, enters Year Nine and would be an upgrade over Coby Fleener, who has disappointed since signing a five-year, $36 million deal to replace Graham, on the NFL's No. 1 passing offense. Minnesota is the odds-on favorite to land Cousins and likely make him the highest-paid quarterback in league history.

The NFC South, in particular, has three legit championship contenders in the Saints (with Brees), Panthers, and obviously the Falcons.

His arrival in Minnesota would nearly certainly make the Vikings the Super Bowl favorites and would give Brees a better chance at his second ring.

But Wednesday is a serious deadline not only because Brees will be free to sign elsewhere. He also might be able to find a better path to the Super Bowl than with the Saints. Surely, there's a gap that would be big enough to get Brees to say, "Well, I know I've said I'll be staying with the Saints, but their best offer is simply too low in comparison to how another team values me".

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