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Drew Brees, Saints taking contract talks down to the wire

13 March 2018

The Minnesota Vikings are in need of addressing their quarterback situation with each of their options at the position previous year heading to the free-agent market.

Brees re-structured his contract to cut a cap hit in 2016 almost in half, pro-rating a signing bonus of $18 million over three years, starting in 2018.

Prevailing belief is still that the Saints and Brees will agree to a deal before Wednesday. But if Brees suddenly becomes available, it would certainly behoove both Minnesota and Brees to seriously consider each other as a possible match.

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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.

The NFC South, in particular, has three legit championship contenders in the Saints (with Brees), Panthers, and obviously the Falcons. If winning a second Super Bowl and cashing in one last time before retirement are at the top of Brees' list of priorities, Minnesota should be his destination.

No one has been talking about Brees as a potential free agent, mainly because everyone assumes that he's just going to find a way to make it work with the Saints.

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The Vikings aren't the only team that has checked with Brees and his agent regarding the future Hall of Famer's availability. He appeared in 158 regular-season games with 93 starts, which is the 11th-most games played by a Saint and ranks third among offensive linemen. Surely, there's a gap that would be big enough to get Brees to say, "Well, I know I've said I'll be staying with the Saints, but their best offer is simply too low in comparison to how another team values me".

The situation is worth monitoring as the legal tampering period arrives. 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.

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Drew Brees, Saints taking contract talks down to the wire