Landry, meanwhile, heads to Cleveland following a four-year stint with Miami in which he was targeted 563 times (sixth-most in the NFL) while catching 400 passes (No. 3 in the league). Primarily a short-area asset, Landry’s career 6.3 average depth of target is higher than only Cole Beasley (6.2) and Adam Humphries (6.2) among wide receivers with 100-plus targets since he entered the league in 2014. His conservative role was more than offset by the heavy volume, allowing Landry to post a top-14 fantasy campaign in each of the past three seasons, including a career-best No. 5 WR ranking in 2017. that effort was fueled by nine touchdown receptions. He had entered the season with only 13.
Brees himself has said he doesn’t anticipate testing the open market, but it’ll be a little tricky. Brees’ contract did not allow the Saints to use the franchise tag, so they’ll have to meet his price for a standard contract before a March 14 deadline that would accelerate $18 million in salary-cap space. The situation provides an opening for Brees to test the market if he changes his mind.
You can’t make decisions just for yourself, and I think that’s one thing I’ve learned as I’ve gotten older: There is collateral effects to every decision that I make,” Brady said, per ESPN.com. “I have a wife [Gisele Bundchen] that aspires to be a lot of things, and she travels a lot. My oldest son lives here in New York, three kids, and you’re just always trying to juggle and you want to be there for them, and you want to be there for the hockey games and the soccer games. But you also realize the level of commitment it takes to give as much as you can to the team that needs you.” Brady has talked openly about playing into his mid-40s. The immediate task, though, is shifting gears away from February’s Super Bowl loss to Philadelphia and toward his 19th NFL campaign.
Mike Zimmer cautioned that the Vikings shouldn’t “go crazy” when signing a quarterback in free agency. It might appear that they’re not heeding that advice on the front end of Cousins’ deal, but after the guaranteed money is paid out, Cousins’ concession to the Vikings for all the guarantees would be those final two years of his contract where Minnesota has the upper hand. — Courtney Cronin, ESPN Vikings reporter
What if the Vikings can’t get Cousins? They have contingency plans. The first of those plans centers on their three free-agent quarterbacks: Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater. Even with more than $54 million in cap space, I’m not certain the Vikings will want to make a long-term investment in Keenum for upward of $20 million.