"I am not above shameless self-promotion", the often self-effacing Strief added, drawing laughs from a crowd of family and well-wishers that included coach Sean Payton and long-time teammates including Brees, running back Mark Ingram, All-Pro defensive end Cameron Jordan and punter Thomas Morstead. The Vikings are the first team confirmed to have done so.
METAIRIE, La. - There is still no reason to fear that Drew Brees will suddenly reverse course and decide to leave the New Orleans Saints for a bigger offer elsewhere this week. And while he's likely to return to New Orleans, other teams are reaching out.
Just because someone calls, doesn't mean you have to pick up the phone.
Let's just pretend for a moment that Brees wants to head north.
Brees' contract will void Wednesday afternoon, and unless the Saints have a new deal with him by then, he will count for $18 million in dead cap space for 2018.
The Vikings are among the frontrunners to sign former Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins. He also might be able to find a better path to the Super Bowl than with the Saints. "You had more to do with me getting an opportunity here than anyone else".
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The Vikings' top offseason priority is figuring out who will be under center Week 1. If the team has to cough up close to $30 million per year to land Cousins, that defense is going to be torn apart down the road.
It is expected that he will sign another short-term deal, along the lines of the one-year contract extension he signed in September 2016 that was worth $24.25 million.
It bears repeating: Brees is the better player, regardless of age. Like Keenum, Cousins needs a good support system to elevate his level of play.
Brees also has openly declared his desire to sign a new deal with the Saints, and the team's decision-makers met with Brees' agent - Tom Condon - at the recent National Football League scouting combine.
That willingness to play one year at a time has been Brees' version of a hometown discount. The Vikings have arguably the best defense in the NFC.