Drew Brees, Saints taking contract talks down to the wire


The New Orleans Saints failed to work out a contract extension with Drew Brees prior to Monday, which means the quarterback's agent is now free to negotiate with and field offers from other teams.

Perhaps the Vikings make some bonkers offer - more than $30 million per season.

The Saints dealt Graham and a mid-round pick to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for C Max Unger and the 31st overall pick three years ago.

So, why hasn't Brees signed a new contract yet?

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

The Vikings have a much better chance to land Cousins, who will become a free agent after six years with Washington and could command a contract worth $30 million a year, which would be the highest average per year in National Football League history.

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The front-runners to be the Minnesota Vikings quarterback for the 2018 NFL season still have to be Case Keenum or Kirk Cousins, but we will have to wait and see what happens in free agency or possibly the NFL Draft to see what direction the team goes at the most important position in sports.

It still remains likely Brees, a New Orleans institution who has maintained he wants to finish his career with the franchise he helped resuscitate, does exactly that and Minnesota's dabbling in the Brees waters is simply a matter of due diligence and even posturing with Cousins and his reps.

Brees could walk away from New Orleans and get paid more money and have just as good of a chance to win elsewhere.

The 39-year-old future Hall-of-Famer presumably is chasing after another Super Bowl ring before his career ends. He could switch over to the AFC, where the only major threat is Tom Brady compared to the NFC, where Brees and the Saints have a hard enough time coming out on top in the NFC South.

The Minnesota Vikings now don't have any quarterbacks on their roster.

I am not certain anything is going to change with Brees as far as his playing location, but the possibility is definitely there, and I'd be shocked if the money wasn't there as well.