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 a deal had been expected in February and the two sides were unable to quickly complete a contract after Tom Condon, Brees' agent, met with the Saints at the NFL Scouting Combine.
So here's the question: As teams like the Vikings, Broncos, Jets, and Cardinals prepare to submit offers to one or more other members of an unprecedentedly large class of unrestricted free agent quarterback, are any planning to make an offer to Brees? It was highly expeected Brees was returning to New Orleans, but they have yet to sign an extension.
Brees' unequivocal position on remaining in New Orleans also could be influenced by a desire to ensure that, if he leaves, Saints fans won't blame him for it.
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. If he remains unsigned, then $18 million in dead money from his old contract will immediately start counting against New Orleans' 2018 salary cap.
The New Orleans Saints haven't yet locked up free-agent QB Drew Brees, but they're working behind the scenes to bring back Brees' most unsafe pass catcher from 2011-14 for a second go-around.
The NFC South, in particular, has three legit championship contenders in the Saints (with Brees), Panthers, and obviously the Falcons. 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.
The Vikings aren't the only team that has checked with Brees and his agent regarding the future Hall of Famer's availability.
A pillar of the New Orleans Saints has made a decision to walk away.
In 2017, Brees led the Saints to an 11-5 record, throwing for 4,334 yards, 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Day 1 of the "legal tampering" period has not disappointed.
What happens if the Vikes can't close the deal on either Cousins or Brees?
Me too, Mr. Mays.