It was highly expeected Brees was returning to New Orleans, but they have yet to sign an extension.
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.
The Minnesota Vikings are in need of addressing their quarterback situation with each of their options at the position a year ago heading to the free-agent market. If he remains unsigned, then $18 million in dead money from his old contract will immediately start counting against New Orleans' 2018 salary cap.
Prevailing belief is still that the Saints and Brees will agree to a deal before Wednesday.
For Brees, it's a chance to inflate his market value in his Saints negotiations. Brees, on the other hand, is capable of elevating the players around him.
Strief wasn't on the Saints' draft board until Walker insisted that he would be a 10-year player in the National Football League - and Strief has talked before about how much it meant to him to prove his coach right.
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Carolina has won six NCAA championships (1957, 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009, 2017) and made an NCAA-record 20 Final Four appearances. Those Maryland and Duke experiences confirm the magnitude not only of Virginia's feats but also the challenge ahead.
The NFC South, in particular, has three legit championship contenders in the Saints (with Brees), Panthers, and obviously the Falcons.
No one has been talking about Brees as a potential free agent, mainly because everyone assumes that he's just going to find a way to make it work with the Saints.
For the Vikings, Brees offers a chance to maximize their Super Bowl chances over the next year or two. Teams like the Minnesota Vikings are trying to figure out how to piece together their best rosters while players are looking to cash in on big paydays or position themselves to be Super Bowl contenders. But Brees is much, much more than a quality starting quarterback - he's an elite, future Hall-of-Fame quarterback.
He said he will remain in New Orleans.
The NFL's "legal tampering period" kicks off Monday, March 12, at 11 a.m. CST.
Me too, Mr. Mays.