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

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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