Drew Brees is now officially available

NFL free agency rumors Drew Brees staying with Saints

NFL free agency rumors Drew Brees staying with Saints

This could have a tremendous impact on how things play out for Cousins if the Vikings were to somehow able to pry Brees away from the Saints.

The Vikings are looking to replace three free agent quarterbacks in Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero has reported that the Minnesota Vikings reached out to Tom Condon, Brees' agent.

While it seems as if a return to New Orleans is inevitable, he hasn't signed a deal with the Saints just yet.

League-wide belief throughout the entire offseason has been that Brees will re-sign with the Saints.

The New Orleans Saints failed to work out a contract extension with Drew Brees prior to Monday, which means the quarterback's agent is now free to negotiate with and field offers from other teams. Brees' contract will void Wednesday afternoon, and he'll count for $18 million in dead space for the upcoming season. However, most expected a deal to be in place before the 39-year-old had an opportunity to talk with other teams. And they're title contenders, having knocked off the Saints in the playoffs to make the NFC Championship Game.

An upgrade at quarterback could propel the Minnesota Vikings to the Super Bowl next season, and they appear to be examining all options. Surely, there's a gap that would be big enough to get Brees to say, "Well, I know I've said I'll be staying with the Saints, but their best offer is simply too low in comparison to how another team values me".

The NFL's "legal tampering period" kicks off Monday, March 12, at 11 a.m. CST. While Brees leaving the comfort of Sean Payton's offense is still unlikely, the Saints are playing a risky game by letting it get to this point.

What happens if the Vikes can't close the deal on either Cousins or Brees?

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