The Vikings Reportedly Reached Out to You Know Who

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One former New England Patriots quarterback claims the Minnesota Vikings reached out to the former Patriots quarterback about a contract this year.

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was lost for the season three weeks ago at Lambeau Field, tearing his Achilles and prompting Minnesota to swing a low-risk trade for Arizona Cardinals passer Josh Dobbs.

The Vikings Reportedly Reached Out to You Know Who

And while the Vikings weighed options during a 48-hour window regarding next steps without Cousins, former Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak claims Minnesota’s front office called Brady.

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Discussing the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback options after losing Joe Burrow last week, Zolak said on The Zolak and Bertrand Show Monday, “The Vikings reached out.”

The show’s panel was generally intrigued, if not a bit shocked, by Zolak’s breaking news, but the segment didn’t dive much further into Brady-to-Vikings. After speculating that Brady would not oblige any requests from the Vikings or Bengals, Zolak declared, “Brady is done.”

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Zolak has called Patriots’ games as a radio personality in the past and is pictured above next to Brady. His theory does not appear out of left field and shouldn’t be panned as a conspiracy or clickbait. If he said the Vikings picked up the phone for a chat with Brady, he’s probably accurate.

Brady, 46 — yes, he’s that old — walked away from the sport after the 2022 season, winning seven championships before calling it quits. And Brady has said a few times that he’s not returning to the gridiron, but the Vikings had nothing to lose by gauging his interest before pulling the trigger on the Dobbs trade.

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Plus, the Vikings leaders know Brady. When Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell was drafted by the New England Patriots, Brady was in the middle of his dominating reign. What’s more, Minnesota’s defensive coordinator Brian Flores was attached to the Patriots coaching staff in various capacities for 15 years while Brady ran the show.

In late October, if only for a few days, the theory made sense, adding Brady to a roster in the middle of a winning streak that would eventually get Justin Jefferson back in the lineup. Too, Minnesota’s defense, led by Flores, ranks 10th per EPA/Play in 2023. If Brady were interested, he would’ve encountered a decent setup in Minnesota.

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Overall, after season-ending injuries involving Aaron Rodgers, Joe Burrow, and Kirk Cousins, Brady-related comeback chatter has ignited every step of the way. All three situations were decent for the future Hall of Famer. So, Zolak is likely right about Brady’s permanent retirement.

But at least the Vikings called, right?


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds, and The Doors (the band).

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