Vikings among teams to reach out to Drew Brees

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"I can't say enough about what Zach Strief has meant to this team and to me personally over the last 12 years", quarterback Drew Brees said in a statement.

In the eight weeks and one day since the Saints' 2017 season ended, I've been pointing out that, until the team signs quarterback Drew Brees to a new contract, he potentially will become a free agent. Yet the 39-year-old repeatedly has vowed that he plans to be a "Saint for life" and isn't interested in talking to other teams, even though he knows the Saints would prefer to pay him just one year at a time at this stage of his career. Brees previously said that he has no intentions of leaving New Orleans, but you can't blame the Vikings or any other team for trying. 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.

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Brees is an 11-time Pro Bowler and led the Saints to the 2009 Super Bowl (we won't deep dive, Vikings fans).

The biggest name being thrown around by reporters and analysts is the Minnesota Vikings. Why not instead offer that money to Brees, a Super Bowl champion and future Hall-of-Famer who has shown no signs of decline? But the NFL, in its persistent search to lock down the entire calendar year with chatter about football, opened up a legal tampering period, which kicked off Monday at noon ET. While Brees leaving the comfort of Sean Payton's offense is still unlikely, the Saints are playing a risky game by letting it get to this point. But if they some how manage to finagle Brees away from New Orleans - pulling off yet another Minneapolis Miracle at the Saints' expense - Minnesota would have to be considered the team to beat. If the Saints and Brees haven't agreed on a deal by Monday afternoon, it could get wild.