Since the end of the 2017 season, there had been the assumption that former league MVP quarterback Drew Brees would work out a new deal to remain with the New Orleans Saints over the remainder of his NFL career.
With each day Brees and the Saints do not agree on a new deal, the likelihood he winds up elsewhere increases.
Monday's deadline isn't that big of a deal, really. But if they some how manage to finagle Brees away from New Orleans - pulling off yet another Minneapolis Miracle at the Saints' expense - Minnesota would have to be considered the team to beat. Brees' contract will void Wednesday afternoon, and he'll count for $18 million in dead space for the upcoming season.
For Brees, it's a chance to inflate his market value in his Saints negotiations. 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.
Brees is indeed getting older, but it is clearly evident that he still has a lot of football left in him.
Drafted out of Northwestern in the seventh round of the Saints' pivotal 2006 class, Strief spent five years as a backup tackle before ascending to the starter's role and becoming one of the locker room's enduring figures, a leader in the offensive line room and a standout player at right tackle. But it included only one new year of guaranteed money.
I expect Brees to once again be paid among the top players in the game (perhaps $25 million-plus?). You took a chance on me when no one else would.
Also in the news early this week: quarterbacks Kirk Cousins and Drew Brees. Graham never matched his prolific production with Brees in Seattle, but he's coming off a 10-TD campaign in which he finished by playing his best ball as a Seahawk.