This could have a tremendous impact on how things play out for Cousins if the Vikings were to somehow able to pry Brees away from the Saints.
Momentum for a reunion between the Saints and TE Jimmy Graham is building, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo tweeted Monday morning, roughly a half-hour after teams and agents could officially start negotiating.
Well, well, well. Just when it seemed like Kirk Cousins-to-the-Vikings was a foregone conclusion, another report comes out that has everyone suddenly pumping the breaks.
Tom Pelissero of NFL Network said the Vikings reached out to representatives for several quarterbacks as the NFL free-agent negotiating window began Monday afternoon. A deal can not be official until Wednesday. It would be the first time in 12 years Brees could engage in negotiations with teams other than New Orleans.
The entire offseason Brees has reiterated he'll be playing for the Black and Gold in 2018. It is now March 9, five days until Brees's contract expires and the $18 million in dead money hits the Saints, and no deal has been agreed on.
The 39-year-old future Hall-of-Famer presumably is chasing after another Super Bowl ring before his career ends. And they're title contenders, having knocked off the Saints in the playoffs to make the NFC Championship Game. 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.
Minnesota is reportedly set to offer Cousins the highest average annual salary in National Football League history.
Brees has said repeatedly that he wants to stay with the Saints.
A pillar of the New Orleans Saints has chose to walk away.
What happens if the Vikes can't close the deal on either Cousins or Brees?