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. And Brees will officially be free to sign with other teams on Wednesday.
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.
And presumably Brees would want that, too, since he doesn't want to put the Saints in a bad financial position as they chase another Super Bowl together. But Brees is obviously a future Hall of Famer, and more than his age, it was the perception he'd never leave New Orleans that makes Monday's report so intriguing and a lot of the free-agent QB buzz centered around Cousins until now.
But what about the fact that the Saints literally can't pay Brees what he's worth?
Strief, who came to the Saints out of Northwestern University, played in only two games in 2017 due to knee injuries.
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Son Heung-min was the star of the show, as the South Korea global attacker scored twice for the visiting team. Pochettino added: "I think he's having a fantastic season - the best season he's had since he arrived".
Still, it's not all surprising that this deal is coming down to the wire.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune addressed the Brees' rumor Monday, writing "It's been assumed all along that Brees will re-sign with the Saints, but now that we've reached the legal tampering window without an extension announced, there at least exists the possibility that the 39-year-old could be on the move". Brees' situation is becoming more fluid. Some pundits and fans have speculated that the future Hall of Fame QB may leave as New Orleans transitioned to a run-heavy offense previous year. But it included only one new year of guaranteed money.
"Drew Brees has been the single greatest motivation for me as a player", Strief said. And it included three years that automatically voided for salary-cap purposes. 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.
There's no reason to expect anything different this time around - even though both sides are adding a little last-minute drama to the equation.