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Drew Brees Rumors: Vikings, 'QB-Needy Teams' Have Contacted Saints QB

13 March 2018

A deal can not be official until Wednesday.

According to Ian Rapoport of, "other QB-needy teams" also called regarding Brees, who is set to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, per Spotrac.

The Vikings have mostly been linked to Kirk Cousins, but obviously Brees would be a huge upgrade over Cousins, and likely would command a shorter contract.

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Strief said he felt "indebted" to Payton and Loomis for giving him the opportunity and never seriously considered leaving for any other teams when he had the chance - even before he married a New Orleans native. Brees' agent is Tom Condon.

For the Vikings, Brees offers a chance to maximize their Super Bowl chances over the next year or two. That's how it always has gone with Brees' extensions with the Saints (when he signed days before the franchise-tag deadline in 2012 and days before the regular season started in 2016).

When it finally does get done, chances are Brees' contract will look an terrible lot like that last extension he signed just four days before the 2016 season opener. Brees may be more of a longshot, but he's worth shot.

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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. Last year, for example, Brees was perfectly willing to let the final year of his contract play out, without demanding extra years of guaranteed salary to be tacked on.

"I knew if I was at home watching TV and Drew was getting hit and I felt like I could've helped, I wouldn't have been able to live with myself", Strief said.

It bears repeating: Brees is the better player, regardless of age.

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Drew Brees Rumors: Vikings, 'QB-Needy Teams' Have Contacted Saints QB