On Monday, Saints general manager Mickey Loomis told The Times-Picayune that he similarly feels confident about Brees' future in New Orleans, though he acknowledged that keeping the quarterback will make it more challenging to decide who else to retain among the rest of the team's pending free agents.
"There's been lots of times where you've had core players that are unrestricted free agents, that happens, and occasionally you lose some that you don't want to lose," Loomis said. "It's part of the business, and we just have to move on when that happens. I don't like when it happens, and we'll do everything we can not to let that happen."
Loomis, who joked about being fired if he can't re-sign Brees, said the quarterback is "a player that we value a lot, more than any other player in the history of our team," adding that any deal reached has to be "right ... for him and obviously for the club, as well."
Loomis told the newspaper he hasn't yet spoken with Tom Condon, Brees' agent.