March 14, 2018 5:00 am

Rick Zamperin: A frenzied start to NFL free agency

Quarterback Drew Brees is sticking around with the New Orleans Saints.

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Now I know what it feels like to be a quarterback who is looking for an open receiver while trying not to get schmucked by a defender.

Well, not quite, but that’s the best comparison that I can come up with after being blitzed with a long list of NFL free agent signings on Tuesday.

Drew Brees re-signs with the Saints, the Vikings give Kirk Cousins huge dollars, Sam Bradford heads to Arizona, Case Keenum goes to Denver, the Chiefs grab Sammy Watkins, Danny Amendola is a Dolphin, and Green Bay gets Jimmy Graham and boots Jordy Nelson.

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And that’s just to name a few of the many deals that are officially being consummated Wednesday, the so-called New Year for the National Football League.

Let me sit down and take a few sips from the oxygen tank!

Tuesday’s flurry of reported free-agent dealings was intense.

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Free agency in North America’s four major pro sports leagues is always fun because fans take great pleasure in debating which teams improved and which ones faltered.

Among my winners — the Saints for retaining Brees, who is the greatest player in the Big Easy’s history and gives them a chance to win a championship every year.

Minnesota gets top marks for getting Cousins, despite the massive contract, because their window to win it all is still open and I like that the Vikes are going all in.

The losers — Miami for thinking Amendola can replace the departed Jarvis Landry and the Cardinals for believing that Bradford can be the QB that leads them back to the playoffs.

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