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Drew Brees, Saints taking contract talks down to the wire

Drew Brees, Saints taking contract talks down to the wire

This makes sense for the Vikings.

National Football League teams can begin their courtship of Drew Brees, if the Saints' star and his agent are willing to listen.

Well, well, well. Just when it seemed like Kirk Cousins-to-the-Vikings was a foregone conclusion, another report comes out that has everyone suddenly pumping the breaks.

With each day Brees and the Saints do not agree on a new deal, the likelihood he winds up elsewhere increases. 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.

Until Brees signs on the dotted line, he's fair game for other teams. While Brees leaving the comfort of Sean Payton's offense is still unlikely, the Saints are playing a unsafe game by letting it get to this point.

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The New Orleans Saints haven't yet locked up free-agent QB Drew Brees, but they're working behind the scenes to bring back Brees' most risky pass catcher from 2011-14 for a second go-around.

The 39-year-old Brees has said many times he wants to finish his career with the Saints, but time is running out for the two sides to reach a deal. 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 Many would argue the Vikings entered their "Super Bowl window" last season, and the one thing missing from the roster now is a quality starting quarterback.

Drafted out of Northwestern in the seventh round of the Saints' pivotal 2006 class, Strief spent five years as a backup tackle before ascending to the starter's role and becoming one of the locker room's enduring figures, a leader in the offensive line room and a standout player at right tackle.

Strief arrived in New Orleans months after Hurricane Katrina and got to be part of the rebirth of both the city and the team, which won its first Super Bowl in the 2009 season. If the Saints and Brees haven't agreed on a deal by Monday afternoon, it could get wild.