Brees has said repeatedly that he'll remain a Saint. Right now Brees is a free agent.
But what about the fact that the Saints literally can't pay Brees what he's worth? If they don't do so by the start of the new league year, $18 million in dead money is going to be stuck on their cap next year regardless of where Brees goes.
He can make a lot more money pursuing his options as a free agent.
Minnesota has reportedly emerged as the favorite in the sweepstakes to land Kirk Cousins, arguably the best unrestricted quarterback to ever hit the open market in his prime. But if Brees suddenly becomes available, it would certainly behoove both Minnesota and Brees to seriously consider each other as a possible match. However a risky situation could be evolving if the Vikings make an offer that blows the Saints' stance out the water.
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For the Vikings, Brees offers a chance to maximize their Super Bowl chances over the next year or two. Why not instead offer that money to Brees, a Super Bowl champion and future Hall-of-Famer who has shown no signs of decline? Now that Brees and the Saints are on the brink of the moment where other teams can formally try to bogart him, anything can happen.
The NFL's "legal tampering period" kicks off Monday, March 12, at 11 a.m. CST. Of course Brees is the better player, but Cousins is younger and still has room to grow. He has spent so long with the team and has built a great relationship with the franchise, but the Vikings likely don't want to leave any stone unturned in their search for a quarterback.
Me too, Mr. Mays.