Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Only Vikings, Jets have shown interest in Cousins so far

Only Vikings, Jets have shown interest in Cousins so far

From a sentimental standpoint, it makes no sense for Drew Brees to leave the Saints.

He's a Saints legend, after all. Brees and the Saints have until Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET to work out a new deal, or his contract will be voided. If New Orleans doesn't first enter into a new agreement with the quarterback, the $18 million in signing-bonus proration remaining on his contract will accelerate onto the 2018 salary cap in the form of dead money. That's how it always has gone with Brees' extensions with the Saints (when he signed days before the franchise-tag deadline in 2012 and days before the regular season started in 2016). Head Coach Sean Payton and General Manager Mickey Loomis have both said they want him to stay as well, but for some reason the two sides haven't made a deal. Strief was considered a long shot to make the team at the time, yet he carved out a 12 year NFL career as one of the more undervalued right tackles in the league including by members of the Who Dat Nation.

At the same time, Ian Rapoport of The NFL Network is reporting that other quarterback-needy teams have reached out to Brees' agent on Monday.

Those teams - or any other for that matter - could simply be leverage for Brees and his camp against the Saints, but what if Brees doesn't balk?

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So, why hasn't Brees signed a new contract yet?

His Saints were eliminated the the NFC Divisional Round by the Vikings thanks to the Minneapolis Miracle. "I think there's only three other guys that have had more than 10 years - same team - in that category for the Saints".

I am not certain anything is going to change with Brees as far as his playing location, but the possibility is definitely there, and I'd be shocked if the money wasn't there as well. 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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