Vikings Reach Out to Drew Brees

Esther Moore
March 13, 2018

Monday is when teams officially can tamper with free agents, and Wednesday is when players officially can sign contracts.

Monday's deadline isn't that big of a deal, really.

For Brees, it's a chance to inflate his market value in his Saints negotiations. I can add, so have the other QB-needy teams.

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. Brees' contract will void Wednesday afternoon, and he'll count for $18 million in dead space for the upcoming season. 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.

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Still, it's not all surprising that this deal is coming down to the wire. It was highly expeected Brees was returning to New Orleans, but they have yet to sign an extension.

Florio also made a surprise appearance on KFAN Sports Radio on Friday and offered more insight, stating he believes Brees and the Saints are having a "miscommunication" and that it's becoming realistic that Brees could become available. We are just getting over a ridiculous weekend full of trades. He's missed only one game over the last eight years. "My greatest drive as a player was not to let you down". When Strief went down, rookie Ryan Ramczyk took over and became one of the NFL's top young tackles, allowing Strief to move on to his post-football life as a father and the part-owner of Port Orleans Brewery in New Orleans.

Minnesota has plenty to offer with a balanced team on both sides of the ball with arguably the best defense in the league and a high-powered offense that helped them reach the NFC Championship game for the first time in eight years.

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