Including the thing that would have been unthinkable as Brees walked off the field in Minneapolis on January 14 - that, come March 14, he'll be returning to Minneapolis to become the team's new quarterback. Both are completely unrestricted free agents and both are set to make about $30 million next year.
Strief said he felt "indebted" to Payton and Loomis for giving him the opportunity and never seriously considered leaving for any other teams when he had the chance - even before he married a New Orleans native. 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.
Starting this morning, agents of pending free agents could start negotiating contract terms with teams. There's always the possibility that one of the three holdovers, Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater or Sam Bradford, might remain in the mix. Brees and the Saints have until Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET to work out a new deal, or his contract will be voided.
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The Vikings aren't the only team that has checked with Brees and his agent regarding the future Hall of Famer's availability.
In 2017, Brees led the Saints to an 11-5 record, throwing for 4,334 yards, 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions. While a certain percentage of the fan base will call him greedy and selfish and worse, others may be inclined to blame the team, if the gap between what the team offers and what another team offers is so obviously different that it would be hard to expect Brees to stay put.
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.