Drew Brees is now officially available

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As much as the Saints and Brees love each other, Condon and Saints general manager Mickey Loomis still don't ever want to be the guy who blinks first. Cousins reportedly has four suitors (the Jets, Vikings, Broncos and Cardinals), while Brees is expected to return to the Saints. only New Orleans hasn't hammered out a deal with him yet. But it's also possible that some team will blow Brees away with an offer that dwarfs what the Saints are willing to pay.

That's what the Vikings are at least attempting to do, according to NFL Media's Tom Pelissero, who reports Monday that Minnesota has inquired about the 39-year-old seven-time NFL passing champion. They were said to be going hard after free agent Kirk Cousins. Well, Brees is technically available.

League-wide belief throughout the entire offseason has been that Brees will re-sign with the Saints.

An upgrade at quarterback could propel the Minnesota Vikings to the Super Bowl next season, and they appear to be examining all options. Keenum started most of the 2017 season and played above expectations in leading the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game.

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"Congratulations to Zach Strief on being arguably probably one of the best players I've had a chance to coach, one of the best teammates and someone our whole organization and fanbase can be proud of", Payton said in a statement, via the team's website.

Drew Brees is no doubt elite - he hasn't passed for less than 4,000 yards in a season since 2005, but this marriage isn't likely to happen.

A pillar of the New Orleans Saints has made a decision to walk away. If the Saints and Brees haven't agreed on a deal by Monday afternoon, it could get wild.