If New Orleans can't come to an agreement with Brees by Wednesday, $18 million in dead money would count toward the team's salary cap for 2018. This may largely be a reason for the strong interest from Cousins and could potentially sway Brees to consider if the contract situation in New Orleans doesn't work out.
Brees, 39, is expected to return to the New Orleans Saints. But it's also possible that some team will blow Brees away with an offer that dwarfs what the Saints are willing to pay.
Per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the Vikings did that on Monday - and they weren't only team to do so. Brees is free to communicate with other teams when the legal tampering period begins on Monday, just the same as any free agent.More news: Storm Team 11 Forecast: Rain Turns To Wintry Mix Tomorrow Morning
No matter what is taking place right now, there are many who believe it is just a matter of time until Brees dons the black and gold again.
Minnesota has reportedly emerged as the favorite in the sweepstakes to land Kirk Cousins, arguably the best unrestricted quarterback to ever hit the open market in his prime. But the Vikings aren't the only ones reaching out. 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.
The New Orleans Saints failed to reach a contract extension with Brees before the legal tampering period opened Monday, which means any National Football League team can now make the veteran quarterback an offer. But Brees is much, much more than a quality starting quarterback - he's an elite, future Hall-of-Fame quarterback.More news: English Premier League match report Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur
But Wednesday is a serious deadline not only because Brees will be free to sign elsewhere.
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