The Minnesota Vikings are in need of addressing their quarterback situation with each of their options at the position a year ago heading to the free-agent market.
The New Orleans Saints failed to reach a contract extension with Brees before the legal tampering period opened Monday, which means any National Football League team can now make the veteran quarterback an offer.
Pelissero is right. Brees is technically a free agent, but everyone expects the 39 year old to return to New Orleans.
The Minnesota Vikings, who are rumored to be the favorites for Kirk Cousins, as well as the Denver Broncos are two teams that could offer Brees a strong enough roster to win a championship as well as pay him what he's worth as an unrestricted free agent.
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. It's always been assumed Brees and New Orleans would find common ground on a new short-term deal with the club coming off its best season since winning the Super Bowl in 2009.
An upgrade at quarterback could propel the Minnesota Vikings to the Super Bowl next season, and they appear to be examining all options. And Brees will officially be free to sign with other teams on Wednesday.
The Vikings aren't the only team that has checked with Brees and his agent regarding the future Hall of Famer's availability. 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.
What happens if the Vikes can't close the deal on either Cousins or Brees?