Keenum has reportedly agreed to sign with the Denver Broncos, when free agency officially opens on Wednesday at 9pm GMT.
Those teams - or any other for that matter - could simply be leverage for Brees and his camp against the Saints, but what if Brees doesn't balk?
Brees re-structured his contract to cut a cap hit in 2016 almost in half, pro-rating a signing bonus of $18 million over three years, starting in 2018.
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.
An upgrade at quarterback could propel the Minnesota Vikings to the Super Bowl next season, and they appear to be examining all options.
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Still, it's not all surprising that this deal is coming down to the wire.
While it seems as if a return to New Orleans is inevitable, he hasn't signed a deal with the Saints just yet. 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. We are just getting over a ridiculous weekend full of trades. 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. If not, they will have a $6 million dead money charge this year, and the same in 2019 and 2020.
I expect Brees to once again be paid among the top players in the game (perhaps $25 million-plus?). My greatest drive as a player was not to let you down.
That's somewhat frightening. The Vikings have plenty of salary cap space and one of the best defenses in the league.
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.