Vikes Interested in Brees?

With questions still swirling about the future of Daunte Culpepper with the Vikings, rumors have circulated that the team has its sights on Drew Brees.

Whether it's Daunte Culpepper or Drew Brees, there are two words being circulated around the league about both quarterbacks -- damaged goods.

However, rumors continue to circulate that the Vikings are more than willing to part with Culpepper and the latest fishmonger talk has the Vikings showing a particular interest in Brees. Brees led the Chargers to a playoff berth in 2004 and was franchised after initially being viewed as a lame duck QB when the team drafted Eli Manning and traded him as part of a deal that netted QB Phillip Rivers.

A shoulder injury ended Brees' season and made the Chargers hesitant to stick with him. If the Vikings are indeed interested in Brees, Culpepper would likely have to be released to make room for Brees on the roster.

* The Buccaneers signed former Viking Chris Hovan to a five-year, $17.5 million contract Monday.
* Talks with WR Koren Robinson haven't netted a new deal and it's expected that he will become a free agent before a deal can get finalized.
* The agent for Chargers linebacker Ben Leber denied that the Vikings have expressed an interest in signing him -- contrary to reports that say the free agent linebacker is prepared to sign on with the Vikings.

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