Now the other 31 teams in the league can reach out to Brees and attempt to pry him away from New Orleans. And Brees will officially be free to sign with other teams on Wednesday. Many would argue the Vikings entered their "Super Bowl window" last season, and the one thing missing from the roster now is a quality starting quarterback. Brees' agent is Tom Condon. Brees and the Saints have until Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET to work out a new deal, or his contract will be voided.
Strief thanked the organization for taking a chance on him, adding that he was humbled to play alongside quarterback Drew Brees.More news: Trump praises drug-dealer death penalty at political rally
Another player who Strief mentioned was quarterback Drew Brees, a player he spent most of his career working to protect as one of the starters on the offensive line. That's how it always has gone with Brees' extensions with the Saints (when he signed days before the franchise-tag deadline in 2012 and days before the regular season started in 2016). Brees may be more of a longshot, but he's worth shot. We are just getting over a ridiculous weekend full of trades. If not, they will have a $6 million dead money charge this year, and the same in 2019 and 2020. When Strief went down, rookie Ryan Ramczyk took over and became one of the NFL's top young tackles, allowing Strief to move on to his post-football life as a father and the part-owner of Port Orleans Brewery in New Orleans. Last year, for example, Brees was perfectly willing to let the final year of his contract play out, without demanding extra years of guaranteed salary to be tacked on. Of course Brees is the better player, but Cousins is younger and still has room to grow.