Vikings express interest in free-agent quarterback Drew Brees

Saints tackle Zach Strief retires after 12 years in New Orleans

While Brees leaving the comfort of Sean Payton's offense is still unlikely, the Saints are playing a risky game by letting it get to this point.

But the deal still had to be worked out.

In other words, the Saints can't pay Brees what other teams can, and there are arguably better situations out there for Brees. We are just getting over a ridiculous weekend full of trades.

Things moved quickly from there, however.

The New Orleans Saints and quarterback Drew Brees have agreed to a two-year deal worth $50 million, reports's Ian Rapoport.

Brees' new contract is similar to his previous one-year deal, under which he earned $24.25 million in 2017.

So all, as it turns out, is as it should be. Some pundits and fans have speculated that the future Hall of Fame QB may leave as New Orleans transitioned to a run-heavy offense a year ago. He also might be able to find a better path to the Super Bowl than with the Saints. He and the Saints lost to Minnesota in the divisional playoff round this past season.

Let the bidding war for Drew Brees begin. He wasn't asked to be.

When it finally does get done, chances are Brees' contract will look an terrible lot like that last extension he signed just four days before the 2016 season opener.

A former Super Bowl MVP and 11-time Pro Bowl selection, Brees needs 1,496 yards to break Peyton Manning's record of 71,940. He led the league in both completion percentage (72 percent) and yards per attempt (8.1 yards) while recording 23 touchdowns, eight interceptions, and 4,334 passing yards last season.

The Minnesota Vikings now don't have any quarterbacks on their roster.

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