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Drew Brees: Conversations ongoing in contract talks

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At some point, the New Orleans Saints will have to figure out a way to smooth out Drew Brees' $30 million cap hit for the 2016 season, and just about everyone involved in the process has suggested that will come in the form of a soon-to-be-completed contract extension.

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Brees, who appeared Tuesday morning on NFL HQ didn't have much in terms of an update.

"No, I mean listen, conversations are ongoing and as this usually goes, it usually goes with contract talks, it kind of goes throughout the offseason," he said on NFL Network. "As soon as there's something to report I'll let you know."

Maybe the Saints can start with how long Brees wants to remain in the NFL. He recently turned 37, and the Saints haven't made the playoffs since 2013. This offseason seems to have brought new energy from coach Sean Payton and Brees, but the NFL grind can wear on the best of them. Brees was asked about his future Tuesday as well.

"I definitely feel like I've got quite a few more but I'm taking it one year at a time because as you know, you've got to prove it every year," he said.

The last we heard of Brees' contract was during the Josh Norman saga. Per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, Payton called the new Redskins cornerback personally to try and pitch him on the Saints. That deal would have almost certainly required some sort of pay cut from the nine-time Pro Bowler as the Saints struggle to find relief against the salary cap.

Most of the woes are thanks to the back end of a massive $100 million deal Brees signed back in 2012. He would be a free agent after this year and cost the Saints almost a third of their possible cap space if the team tried to nab him on the franchise tag. So, yes, an extension, as painful and arduous as it might seem, is inevitable. But as Brees said Tuesday, it kind of goes throughout the offseason.

Other notes:

» Brees was asked about New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who, after a reversal by the U.S. Second Court of Appeals , will end up serving a four-game suspension after all.

"It kind of came out of nowhere. It surprised me, it surprised a lot of people. I thought that issue was done and gone but I'm not sure of all the details. I haven't been able to really read a lot or hear a lot about it yet but I'll just wait until i have the chance to do that."

» Brees did not have an opinion on who the Rams should draft first overall between Jared Goff and Carson Wentz. He said only that he was worried about Los Angeles' defense this year.

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