On Monday's first day of the "legal tampering" period, NFL Media reported that the Vikings reached out to the agent for Drew Brees, in line to become a free agent Wednesday if he's not re-signed by New Orleans. As of noon on Monday, anyone can legally call Brees' agent Tom Condon and offer him $30 million a year to leave.
There might be more here than meets the eye.
"You had more to do with me getting an opportunity here than anyone else", Strief told Payton. If not, they will have a $6 million dead money charge this year, and the same in 2019 and 2020. Also, because of the complex way his contract was structured to help the Saints' salary cap in previous years, if Brees' contract voids it will count as $18 million in dead cap space for the Saints in 2018, according to Nola.com. 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). We then must ask, would it be in the Vikings' best interest to sign him on the spot or continue to pursue Kirk Cousins?
But what about the fact that the Saints literally can't pay Brees what he's worth?
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His double means Ronaldo has now scored in seven consecutive games and has a remarkable 13 goals overall in that period. But he was running really well, if not faster than normal, so something seemed fishy.
This makes sense for the Vikings. He'd likely have an advocate in the Sheriff, and perhaps the Broncos are planning a sneak attack on Brees no one sees coming.
This brings the Minnesota Vikings into the fold, arguably the most glamorous landing spot for a free-agent quarterback in the National Football League right now. He was named MVP when the Saints beat the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV.
When it finally does get done, chances are Brees' contract will look an terrible lot like that last extension he signed just four days before the 2016 season opener. "I think there's only three other guys that have had more than 10 years - same team - in that category for the Saints".