Sean Payton thinks Drew Brees deal is ‘going to get done fairly smoothly’
One of the bigger story lines so far this NFL offseason is the somewhat murky status of Drew Brees’ future with the New Orleans Saints. That said, all the principal parties involved in ensuring Brees retires as a Saint appear to have a desire to get a deal done, including Sean Payton.
The Saints head coach on Thursday expressed confidence that a deal can be hammered out with Brees before March 14, when the veteran quarterback would become a free agent. The Saints are the only team that can presently negotiate with Brees, but that changes on March 12.
“I don’t see that being a long, drawn out process, and I think we’ve been here before,” Payton told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine, via The Times-Picayune. “I think that’s going to get done fairly smoothly.”
Saints general manager Mickey Loomis, who previously stated confidence in working out a deal, is expected to meet with Brees’ agent Tom Condon at the combine.
Interestingly, should a deal not be formalized before March 14, Brees contract voids, which would mean the Saints would be faced with $18 million in dead cap space in 2018.
Brees, 39, has on several occasions expressed a desire to remain with the Saints, saying in February he is a “Saint for life.”
Actions speak louder than words, however, even when both sides are expressing a desire to work something out. Payton seems to believe that will be the case.
“There’s no assumptions, but I’m fairly confident,” Payton said. “It’s not something I’ve been focused on a lot.”