Vikings have reached out to Drew Brees’ agent

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Every team that needs a quarterback is surely reaching out to the best quarterback available in free agency, Drew Brees. The Vikings are the first team confirmed to have done so.

The Vikings reached out to Brees’ agent shortly after it became legal for teams to do so, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

It would really only be newsworthy if the Vikings hadn’t reached out to Brees’s camp. If there’s a single team that needs a quarterback that hasn’t already called Brees’s agent to see if there’s any interest, that team is making a huge mistake.

Brees has said repeatedly that he has no interest in leaving New Orleans, and the Saints remain the favorites to retain his services. But it’s now completely legal for any NFL team to call Brees’s agent, make a contract offer and try to get him to change his plans about where to go next.

The most likely scenario is that Brees’s agent uses those other offers to get the Saints to sweeten their offer a little bit. But it’s also possible that some team will blow Brees away with an offer that dwarfs what the Saints are willing to pay. At the very least, all the teams that don’t already have a franchise quarterback should be giving it a shot.

71 responses to “Vikings have reached out to Drew Brees’ agent

  1. This is either to get the Saints offer higher, or maybe Cousins offer lower. Who knows, but I fully expect Brees to finish his career in NO.

  2. Maybe the Vikings are playing Cousins to try to get him
    to make a commitment sooner rather than later.

  3. Does anyone honestly think they’re doing anything other than waiting for Cousins to set the market so Brees can then sign a deal that makes him the highest paid QB?

  4. Make it happen Vikes!!!! 3 yrs 100 million and then get someone to be his understudy to take over. My only concern……how does Cousins camp view this! But I am ALL in on Brees!

  5. For Brees it’s a double edged sword. Of course there’s always the slim possibility that Brees will sign with someone else, but in an effort to prove to the New Orleans fans that it won’t be his fault if he doesn’t resign with the Saints, he also forfeited some of his leverage by making it so clear he wishes to remain in New Orleans. Some teams might not be as aggressive as they normally would have been had he not been so vocal about wanting to stay in New Orleans.

  6. If Vikings can sign Brees, after beating them with AP week one, and the Minneapolis Miracle. I will consider the debt from 2009 repaid.

    #whodat
    #skoldat

  7. bonesawisready says:
    March 12, 2018 at 4:25 pm
    Does anyone honestly think they’re doing anything other than waiting for Cousins to set the market so Brees can then sign a deal that makes him the highest paid QB?
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    What market is he going to set if he wants to play for a contender? Perhaps you’re thinking of the $25 million dollar market.

  8. This is a smart move for the Vikings. Even if they have no shot they can force the Saints to possibly have to commit more of their to Brees, thus weakening, if only slightly, a conference rival

  9. Jerry what are you waiting for ! I’d take my chances with 3 yrs of brees over 15 years of yak prescott

  10. @bonesawisready I agree cousons deal will be nowhere near what brews got on his franchise tag which was $40 mil couple years ago but I had a sense Vikings would go with bress then cousins vikings are in win now mode and brews makes sense but am still a saints fan and hope he stays I could see Cousins going to Broncos if Vikings did get Brees but then That would means The Saints would go with Cousins for the long haul the saints habe a team to do it with but vikings wouldnt make sense for brees with the teams the saints are building

  11. Vikings are making a great move! Give me Drew Brees over Kirk Cousins any day! They can give Drew a 3 year fully guaranteed contract with confidence that they have a winner… Kirk Cousins is not worth the risk for the $$$$ he wants!!!

  12. As a Jets fan I hope this does not happen. I think we’ll be a good team with Cousins, but I can’t see us going deep with him so it isn’t worth the investment IMO.

  13. As a Vikings fan this was always my number 1 choice for QB this offseason. I just never believed it would even get this close to happening. Still most likely he stays with the Saints, but to actually see it in a headline…wow. hope it’s not a smokescreen that just ends up alienating cousins and we get neither. Though I’d still be happy seeing Teddy start again.

  14. dryzzt23 says:
    March 12, 2018 at 4:22 pm
    OMG if Brees went to Minnesota, Cousins would be forced to go to the NYJ
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    Or Cousins could just decide to go to New Orleans.

  15. Truthseekers TheNewOmegA says:
    March 12, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    @bonesawisready I agree cousons deal will be nowhere near what brews got on his franchise tag which was $40 mil couple years ago but I had a sense Vikings would go with bress then cousins vikings are in win now mode and brews makes sense but am still a saints fan and hope he stays I could see Cousins going to Broncos if Vikings did get Brees but then That would means The Saints would go with Cousins for the long haul the saints habe a team to do it with but vikings wouldnt make sense for brees with the teams the saints are building
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    Well, when you put it that way, it all makes perfect sense.

  16. This is beyond the imaginable- of course back in 2006 Brees was a free agent and the Vikings were scared of his shoulder and went with Brad Johnson and TJack. Now 12 years later – they are interested? Brees could have been the franchise QB for many championships and years. Oh well.

  17. Viking fans are morons if they think for a second that this is happening. Getting all excited over nothing. Have fun with Cousins and his salary! SKOL!!

  18. The Vikes have no intention in signing Brees. They are just trying to drive the price for Cousins down. Brees is going nowhere. Haven’t any of you guys heard of mind games??

  19. Not sure how I would feel about this. Leaves the Vikes in this same spot in 2 years most likely. QB stability is such an unknown thing in MN. I thought his arm looked noticeably weaker last yr too.

  20. vargavarga says:
    March 12, 2018 at 4:52 pm
    Viking fans are morons if they think for a second that this is happening. Getting all excited over nothing. Have fun with Cousins and his salary! SKOL!!

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    And Packers fans thought Farve would never play in Minnesota. I’ve seen a lot of goofy things happen in my 47 years of watching NFL football. Until that ink hits the paper and dries in Nawlins you never know what’s gonna happen – Brees saying he liked to stay in Nawlins is different than Brees actually staying physically there.
    “Money Talks – Suckers Walk” – Sammy Hagar

  21. As a Lions fan… ugh. It’s enough that our franchise’s greatest QB is stuck competing against one of the greatest passers of all-time in Green Bay, but now the thought of Brees in this division? Hurry up and sign him already, New Orleans!

  22. This makes perfect sense in 3 ways,
    1. Makes Cousins a bit more open to commit earlier and possibly at a lower $$ IF he wants to be a contender with the Vikings.
    2.. Fools Jets into a false sense of getting him.
    3. Makes Saints jump to sign at a higher $$ thus taking more of their cap money.
    VERY VERY nice Opening Chess move by Rick Spielman.

  23. It’s been reported that the Vikings are meeting with the agents for all of the available free agent quarterbacks to get an idea of what each of them is looking for. The pecking order seems to be:

    1. Brees
    2. Cousins
    3. Bridgewater

    There are pros and cons to getting Cousins or Bridgewater, but Brees would be all positive.

  24. Most of the other 31 teams fans prior to the beginning of the 2017 season: “Brees is old, his arm is weak, he can’t carry a team anymore.”,”He’s greedy and takes all of his teams money and the Saints have no cap space to do anything else.”

    Their fans now: “I’d love for him to be the QB of my team!”,”Give that man 3 years for $100 mil.”

    Just goes to show how fickle NFL fans are. Almost every player is no good until their is considering them. Get real people.

  25. flviking says:
    March 12, 2018 at 4:47 pm
    Well, every packer fan just soiled their pants
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    Idle time. Picking fights. That’s what Viking fans do.

  26. The reason the Vikings don’t want Case Keenum is Mike Zimmer thinks he is lazy, he has to have a cloud of doubt over his next start to get the best of him. lay off and he reverts.
    Bridgewater gives heart and soul (which is why he is so loved here) Nobody knows his peak, but 2016 pre season with the 1st stringers showed him ready to make a huge step forward.

  27. Brees has nothing more to accomplish as a Saint…
    He loves the team – the coach and the town…
    But the Vikings are a unique opportunity…
    Great defense
    Domed Stadium
    Stay in the NFC
    Sign for 3 years and have a great chance of winning at least one Super Bowl…
    New Orleans cannot offer him that opportunity – Vikes at least twice as likely to win a SB in the next 3 years with Brees.

  28. The best thing that can happen from this is Cousins ego gets slighted and he has a hissy fit and immediately signs for the Jets or the Cardinals.

    Brees then signs with the Saints for a richer contract than Cousins gets from the Jets, and then Rodgers tells the Packers to open their wallets a tad wider.

    Vikings then sign Bridgewater for $10m per season on a two year deal. If he proves his health and continues an upward trajectory with his development, then he gets his pay day. He’ll only be 27 when that contract ends and hitting his prime.

  29. This looks so familiar. Sign an aging Brees and fall short just like with Favre. Put off getting a real quarterback for another season. Funny how the Vikings brass havent figured out this has never worked in the past.

  30. Remember Drew the cash is always greener. If those players in Minnesota can make those QB’s look good, you would be like having Mario Andretti as their Uber driver. You get your hands on that offense and it would be like going from your Pinto offense to a Lamborghini. I know team loyalty is important, but like the owners LOVE to remind us “it’s a business”. Your sand is running out of the hour glass on your wonderful career. Stay with what you have or go to a team that will pay you AND actually have a good chance of winning a Super Bowl. I wish you weller.

  31. Good now everyone will know what the possible ceiling is for Drew….the Saints will get close and the deal is done. Then they can focus on how much Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers get paid.

  32. So much for the Vikings and Cousins already being a done deal. Drew Brees is far better than Kirk Cousins. Older too. And I don’t think he will leave New Orleans but doesn’t hurt to kick the tires.

  33. Brees isn’t leaving New Orleans. And if he was, he’s a champion, and would not consider Minnesota. He wants another super bowl ring not an embarrassing trip to a NFC championship game.

  34. As bad as the Vikings got their rear ends kicked they’ll need a lot more then Drew Brees, after all he’s looking a championship caliber team, that Vikings, Saints thing was just a fluke and everyone knows it.

  35. Unless you trade for both Payton and Brees, it is probably not going to work out. We saw how Brees looked when Sean Payton was suspended, not the same QB.

  36. Man oh man, after the way it ended for New Orleans and then lose Brees to Minnesota would make for a hell of a storyline

  37. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    March 12, 2018 at 4:24 pm
    This is either to get the Saints offer higher, or maybe Cousins offer lower. Who knows, but I fully expect Brees to finish his career in NO.

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    I’d say you are on to something, and my bet is on both!

  38. Brees could grab a quick ring or 2 in Minny. Not that the Saints aren’t a solid team… But the vikes got to the NFCCG with solid but just above average QB play

  39. I hope Brees pulls a Josh McDaniels and gives the Vikings a verbal commitment for 3 years/$70 million and then pulls out at the last second, leaving all Vikings fans to cry in their beers for another year or two.

  40. It’s not going to happen, but if it did, I would be 100% more excited with that option than a Cousins signing.

  41. Free agency period. Vikes are throwing out whatever sticks.
    That’s the advantage of having 3 potential former Qb’s last past season.

  42. It’s fun to be a Saints fan and hear all the Vikings fans call Brees old and washed up and come back to kill that overrated Defense on it’s home turf few months ago. Then the moment they even think they have a shot(which they don’t) at signing him, they can’t stop wiping the slobber and drool from their drunken mouths. Brees as a devoted Christian would never play in a icebox city that is ran under sharia law with bridges and domes that crumble yearly after he’s raised his family here for 13 years and became a God in this City. Not to mention that he has a great shot of becoming a political figure for the future for the sake of a few million. Yes to me and you that’s a big number but to a man that has a net worth of almost 300 million why uproot your family to go play for a team that is cursed and has no shot of winning a Super Bowl when the team you’ve been with beat them fair and square with a fluke rookie mistake at the very end. Then watch the Vikings not even show up to one of the most important games in their teams history. The Saints are just as good of not better than the Vikings. Brees built this team around himself. No way in a million years does he leave. Bank on it.

  43. I’m just going to enjoy the speculation the Vikings could actually land drew Brees even though it won’t happen.

  44. Brees not going anywhere. Agent just waiting for a team to overpay Cousins so Brees can ask for silmilar to which the Saints have all but agreed upon and are waiting on as well.

  45. Brees has a deal in place with the Saints for 2 years and 46 mill. Has been in place since the weekend. But he didn’t want to overshadow his good Friend Zach Strief retirement today. This is insider info from Saints camp.

  46. I think Brees is waiting to see what money can be spent on FAs he wants. Remember he was willing to redo his deal for Josh Norman and will structure his deal according to whether they can get Graham and Butler or Colvin or even DRC (not take lowball offer, just the structure will be more spread out). He will get his money, probably far less that than he could get on open market something like 2/56 or 3/80. I would take it as a good sign that he spent the day tearing up at Strief retirement. But until the deal is signed, you can never say never.

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