The Minnesota Vikings’ quarterback situation just keeps getting weirder. With all three of their top quarterbacks set to become free agents on Wednesday, it looked like they were a prime contender to land the top free agent on the market: Kirk Cousins.
However, the New Orleans Saints surprisingly have yet to come to an agreement with Drew Brees, meaning the All-Pro quarterback could be available, too. And the Vikings aren’t wasting any time in dipping their toe into that pool:
Just said on @nflnetwork: The #Vikings have made a call on Drew Brees, per league source. Their plan going into the day was to engage agents for all their QB options. Well, Brees is technically available. No stone unturned.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 12, 2018
Let’s be clear here: There is no reason to panic quite yet. The Vikings are doing their due diligence to see what Brees’ situation is and how much he may be asking for. They’d be doing themselves a disservice if they didn’t at least call.
But there’s still a very good chance Brees gets a deal done with the Saints. Back in January, Saints general manager Mickey Loomis seemed very confident that things would eventually get done. “We’ll get to it,” Loomis told NOLA.com. “I’m not anticipating any big issues, so we’ll see.”
All that being said, if Brees has second thoughts or if the Vikings present an offer he cannot refuse, it would undoubtedly change the dynamics of the NFC North. Minnesota is probably already the favorite in the division, seeing as they’re coming off an NFC Championship appearance, but with Drew Brees behind center, they could very well become a Super Bowl contender.
Brees may be 39 years old, but he’s coming off one of the best years of his career. In 2017, Brees finished with his highest yards per attempt (8.1) and passer rating (103.7) in five season.
Stay tuned, as things could get wild in the next few days.