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Brees has 'no doubt' he'll get longterm deal done with Saints

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No one doubts quarterback Drew Brees will be back with the New Orleans Saints next season, but the clock is ticking for the sides to get a deal done.

The NFL's franchise-tag deadline is March 5 with free agency set to begin a week after that.

Brees isn't surprised at the pace of the negotiations and said Thursday he's "still very optimistic" a long-term deal will be agreed to in the near future, according to The Times-Picayune. He added "this is definitely when things heat up."

"There's no doubt in my mind we'll get a deal done," Brees said.

Brees told NFL Network earlier this month that negotiations had started, and reiterated his confidence that a deal would likely be done before he officially becomes a free agent.

Brees disagreed the two sides are "very far apart" in philosophies on a new deal.

"I wouldn't say we're 'very far' apart. I think there's been progress made," he said. "But just like everything it's a process. It takes time. It's not something that happens overnight."



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