Drew Brees, Saints taking contract talks down to the wire

Are Saints in danger of losing Drew Brees to the... Vikings

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, "other QB-needy teams" also called regarding Brees, who is set to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, per Spotrac. But until a deal is in place, Brees will fair game for contract offers, and it's possible that one or more of the teams mentioned above already have let Condon know that, as of 12:00 p.m. ET on Monday, an alternative offer will be coming.

Pelissero is right. Brees is technically a free agent, but everyone expects the 39 year old to return to New Orleans. What if a deal simply isn't agreed upon? Brees, on the other hand, is capable of elevating the players around him.

Graham, 31, enters Year Nine and would be an upgrade over Coby Fleener, who has disappointed since signing a five-year, $36 million deal to replace Graham, on the NFL's No. 1 passing offense.

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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. It's always been assumed Brees and New Orleans would find common ground on a new short-term deal with the club coming off its best season since winning the Super Bowl in 2009. Teams like the Minnesota Vikings are trying to figure out how to piece together their best rosters while players are looking to cash in on big paydays or position themselves to be Super Bowl contenders. Cousins is certainly a quality starting quarterback, and potentially better than that. But New Orleans's window to retain Brees is shrinking by the minute with apparently a lot of work to be done.

If the Vikings pursue Brees too much and he ends up signing with New Orleans again, they may miss out on Kirk Cousins. Now that Brees and the Saints are on the brink of the moment where other teams can formally try to bogart him, anything can happen.

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