"I don't pay attention to the numerous reports we're working on. We got a game," Payton told reporters on a conference call Wednesday. "We got 10,000 things we're working on here so the numerous reports you can speculate on but I'm not in tuned to those."
He added: "Like I said, (Saints GM) Mickey (Loomis) is working closely with Drew and Drew's agent, and when something gets done -- if it gets done -- we'll let you guys know."
According to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, a pact between Brees and the Saints could get done as soon as Wednesday. Brees wants to circumnavigate a public relations nightmare a few months from now when the Saints could potentially be forced to hand Brees the franchise tag -- which would cost New Orleans $43 million for one season. Brees already counts $30 million against the Saints' cap, or 20 percent of their total spending money for the 2016 season.
Brees has a self-imposed negotiating deadline of Sunday -- the start of the regular season. Brees' hope was that a deal would be done by now or not at all. Lingering questions about a contract during a long season can often cause an irreversible strain, especially on an image-conscious quarterback playing in the autumn of his career. At the moment, New Orleans is just hoping to put the situation behind them. Signing Brees to a few more years is a no-brainer despite his age -- he has averaged 5,127 yards and 39 touchdowns per year since 2011 with no reasonable Plan B in sight. An extension would also help the Saints dig themselves out from underneath a stressful cap situation. They currently have about $2 million worth of spending money.