Minnesota Vikings reach out to free agent QB Drew Brees

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The Vikings are among the frontrunners to sign former Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins. This leaves a window for other teams to contact Brees.

The road to the Super Bowl in the NFC is daunting, with a wide variety of teams expected to be legitimate contenders over the next 3-5 years.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Vikings have "reached out" to free agent Drew Brees.

Players can not be contacted directly until Wednesday, when the free agency signing period actually begins. However, many have forgotten that New Orleans Saints signal-caller Drew Brees is a free agent - and the Saints have five days to re-sign him before $18 million in dead money takes effect onto the Saints' 2018 payroll.

The Vikings are looking to replace three free agent quarterbacks in Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater. But it's also possible that some team will blow Brees away with an offer that dwarfs what the Saints are willing to pay.

It would really only be newsworthy if the Vikings hadn't reached out to Brees's camp. Last season, he led the Saints to the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs and did it with a stronger defense as well as a pair of incredibly talented running backs.

The Saints offensive tackle on Monday announced his retirement from the National Football League after spending his entire 12-season career in New Orleans.

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? This may largely be a reason for the strong interest from Cousins and could potentially sway Brees to consider if the contract situation in New Orleans doesn't work out.

But Wednesday is a serious deadline not only because Brees will be free to sign elsewhere.

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